Pandeli Castle,Leros (circa 10th century) During the Byzantine Age,the island was incorporated into the Theme of Samos.During the thirteenth century,the island was occupied by the Genoese and then by the Venetians.In the year 1309,the Knights of St John seized and fortified Leros.In 1505,the Ottoman Admiral Kemal Reis,with three galleys and seventeen other warships,besieged the castle but could not capture it.The operation was repeated in 1508 with more ships,but again nothing was achieved.

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Legend has it that then the island was rescued by the only surviving knight,barely 18 years old.He dressed women and children in the armor of the dead defenders,convincing the Ottomans that the garrison of Leros was still strong.Finally,on 24 December 1522,following the siege of Rhodes,a treaty was signed between Sultan Suleiman and the Grand Master of the Knights,Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam,and Leros.along with all the Aegean possessions of the Order,passed into Ottoman hands which ruled the island with brief interruptions during a period of four hundred years. (Wikipedia)

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►③Hnos GP Brothers③◄ on November 23, 2014



Giorgos Dimitriadis on November 24, 2014

Thanks a lot ►③Hnos GP Brothers③◄ for YsL 22/31

FaSon on February 9, 2015

One more like! Warm greetings from Norway!

Giorgos Dimitriadis on February 10, 2015

Thank you FaSon for kind comment and Like 32

RNLatvian on October 13, 2015

A very beautiful picture! Like! Greetings!

Giorgos Dimitriadis on October 13, 2015

Thank you very much RNLatvian for kind comment and Like 33

Paolo “Canpao” Canna… on November 6, 2015

Interesting shot and view of this old fortress. TFE. L 34. Nice weekend, Paolo

Giorgos Dimitriadis on November 6, 2015

Thank you very much dear Paolo for kind comment and Like 34

Kamalakar Anthati on December 20, 2015

Beautiful View,Excellent shot,
Greetings From India,Kamalakar.
Keep Panoramio ALIVE.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones

Giorgos Dimitriadis on December 20, 2015

Thank you very much dear Kamalakar for kind comment and YsL 23/35

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    by Giorgos Dimitriadis
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