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A stand-alone fort at the end of the jetty of the Mandraki port of Rhodes.

It was built between 1460 and 1467 by the Grand Master of the Order of St. John Zacosta.

It suffered severe damages in the siege of 1480 (by the Turks) and by the earthquake of 1481. It was reoaired by Grand Master D’ Aubusson.

The castle was built at the place of an old Byzantine church dedicated to St. Nicholas, hence the name.

Since the 17th century, a lighthouse was added at the top. The last 15 years, a major reconstruction project of the fort is in progress.

I think this is a lesser known viewpoint of the famous fortress that defines the view of Rhodes Town. Few tourists walk here to see it because the fort cannot be visited from the inside.
It was opened once in one of the last years, then we could see it from the inside.

Oh yes! The small curved opening on the left is the main entrance to the fortress :-)

The facility is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Date of construction: 1464

The round tower inside the fortress is typical of the pre-construction castle architecture, dating from the XII-XIII. century built Norman castles typical of the "old tower" or donjon.

Style: Johannita (Italian gothic)

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