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The Knight's Hospital on Rhodes.

Rhodes is a city located in Greece on the island of the same name. It is famed for having served as the base of power for the Knights Hospitaller for a several centuries before it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire under Suleiman the Magnificent.

HistoryEdit

During the early 16th century, it was the base of the Knights Hospitaller, a chivalric order closely aligned with the Templars. As a result, the island also doubled as a Templar stronghold, and at least one Templar, the deacon Cyril, hailed from the island. The city was a focal point in the Assassin-Templar War and one of many cities in the Mediterranean Sea that the two factions vied control over.[1]

In 1511, Hospitallers captured a number of Assassins and imprisoned them in their Palace of the Grand Master, prompting a rescue mission by the Assassin Mentor Ezio Auditore da Firenze who sent a team of Ottoman Assassins from Constantinople. While the Assassins were successful in retrieving their comrades, the Hospitallers reacted by slaying the Master Assassin Castor. A full-fledged Assassin assault followed that saw the destruction of the Hospitaller stronghold and the establishment of an Assassin Guild on the island.[1]

In spite of this, the Rhodes continued to be the sovereign territory of the Knights Hospitaller until 1522. That year, a massive invasion by the Sultan Suleiman I of the Ottoman Empire, an Assassin ally, definitively ousted the Hospitallers from the island, sparking a centuries-long feud between the Ottomans and Hospitallers.[2]

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