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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Comments (60)

Giorgos Dimitriadis on February 21, 2013

Thanks a lot Laci for kind comment and YsL 12/20

Kastl on April 20, 2013

L 21, F 13, looks very impressive.

Giorgos Dimitriadis on April 20, 2013

Thanks a lot Kastl for nice comment and **YsL 13/21

Giorgi 1971 on April 22, 2013

Very impressive composition and photo. Like + Favourite! Warm regards from Georgia. Gio

Giorgos Dimitriadis on April 23, 2013

Thanks a lot Gio for kind comment and YsL 15/22

elakramine on May 5, 2013

YSL , dear George !!!!!

Best regards, elakramine

Giorgos Dimitriadis on May 5, 2013

Thanks a lot dear Elakramine for YsL 16/23

Remzi AYDIN on June 17, 2013

Beautiful image, very nice - LIKE - thanks for your visit, greetings from Turkey- Remzi Aydın.

Giorgos Dimitriadis on June 17, 2013

Thanks a lot Remzi for nice comment and Like 24

Lloret on July 9, 2013

Amazing view of this casle, LIKE

Giorgos Dimitriadis on July 10, 2013

Thanks a lot Lloret for kind comment and Like 25

BernardJ47 on August 27, 2013

L+F. Piękne zdjęcie. Piękna prezentacja. Pozdrawia Bernard

Giorgos Dimitriadis on August 27, 2013

Thanks a lot Bernard for nice comment and YsL 17/26

Akhtar Bashir Nigyal on February 14, 2014

Superb,Excellent composition,amazing

Giorgos Dimitriadis on February 14, 2014

Thanks a lot Akhtar Bashir Nigyal for kind comment and YsL 18/27

Imre Lakat on May 25

Excellent capture , nice composition , nice Castle !

Like + Fav !

Best wishes , Imre

Thanks a lot Helmut for YsL 19/28

Thanks a lot Imre for nice comment and YsL 20/29

Fen on July 27

!!!!!!! F+L C наилучшими пожеланиями из Карелии, Fen

Giorgos Dimitriadis on July 27

Thanks a lot Fen for kind comment and YsL 21/30

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  • Uploaded on May 10, 2012
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    by Giorgos Dimitriadis
    • Taken on 2008/08/20 19:37:32
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO360
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash