Lucky enough, when they came to Lardos, they discovered an already built fort from the Byzantine Era, which required minimum reconstruction work, as it was still in outstanding condition.
The castle is located on a hillock about 42 metre high, close to the village of Lardos. Nearby there is a higher hill which probably contributed to the security of the castle. A little while after the Knights moved in, the castle and the entire settlement of Lardos was offered to the Genovese Admiral, Vinioli, a s a reward gift for his successful invasion in the island of Rhodes.
Today, the castle constitutes a memory of the far glorious days when warriors were battling and the place was full of activity. It is certainly a place worth visiting, not only because of its glorious days, but also because amongst the ruins, archeologists have found remnants of the mansions from the Byzantine era.
The Hospice of St. Catherine was built in 1391-92, under grand master Heredia, by the Italian Domenico d'Allemagna, admiral of the Order of the Knights of St. John (Knights Hospitaller). The founder was an important personage, disposing of considerable means.
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When you approach the walls of the Old Town of Rhodes, you are about to enter the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. Do not be misled by the term "medieval" into thinking that what you will see is a ruined and deserted city.
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The castle of Asklipio (Asklepieion) was built in 1479 by Grand Master D'Aubusson at the site of an ancient lighthouse. In the Byzantine period, during the time of the Knights, the castle also offered the inhabitants of the surrounding villages protection against enemy attacks.
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