National Geographic : 1926 Dec
Photographs by Melville Chater THE STREET OE THE KNIGHTS: RHODES Note the Christian coats of arms and Moslem harem window, side by side. In medieval times each of the Eight Tongues represented in Rhodes had its auberge, or headquarters, where lived the chief, or "Pillar," of that Tongue. This auberge bears the arms of France, the arms of the Order, and those of Grand Master Fabricio del Caretto, under whose Grand Mastership it was built in 1518. TOWERS OF ST. CATHERINE'S GATE: RHODES Sea-facing walls which the knights of eight nations were pledged to defend surround the cityofRhodes. Soldiers ofFrance, Germany, Auvergne, Aragon, England, Provence, Italy, and Castile all bled and died here to turn back theTurkish tide. Inthe final struggle, Sultan Suleiman I is reputed to have sacrificed 9o,ooo men ofhisarmy of 200,000 before the knights evacuated the city under anhonorable capitulation.