National Geographic : 1915 Sep
Photo by Theodore Leslie Shear THE WALLS RUNNING SOUTHEAST FROM THE TOWER OF ITALY TO.THE SEA: RHODES In 1522 Suleiman, with a mighty fleet of more than 400 ships and upward of 140,000 men. attacked thecity ofRhodes with itsgarrison of 600 Knights and 6,000 soldiers. So valiantly did the latter defend the place, that the.conqueror allowed theKnights toleave with alltheir ships and goods and guaranteed to those who elected to stay safety in person and property. free exercise.of religion, and freedom from taxation fora period of five years. These engagements were strictly fulfilled, even down to May, 1912, although they gave theinhabitants oftheislands certain rights and privileges not accorded to any other Ottoman subjects.