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Rhodes Castle was originally built in the 7th century as a Byzantine Citadel. Later it was occupied by the Knights Hospitaller in 1309. Then the Ottomans invaded Rhodes and used the castle as a fortress. Then in 1911/12 after the Italo Turkish War the castle was transferred to the Italians and it became a holiday home for the King of Italy and later for Mussolini. The Italians repaired damage from an ammunition explosion in 1856 when it had been under Ottoman rule. Finally in 1947 Italy transferred ownership of all the Dodecanese Islands to Greece, including Rhodes. Today the castle is a museum in the centre of Rhodes Town and offers a fine view of the harbour and some interesting exhibits and mosaics. It is one of only a handful of buildings in Greece constructed in the Gothic Style.

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