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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.

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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  • Uploaded on May 10, 2012
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    by Giorgos Dimitriadis
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D80
    • 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