THE GRAND MASTER'S PALACE, OLD TOWN, RHODES, RHODES ISLAND, GREECE. The original fourteenth-century Grand Master's Palace was built by the Knights of Saint John.
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The Grand Masters Palace Old Town Rhodes Rhodes Island Greece The Original Fourteenthcentury Grand Masters Palace Was Built By The Knights Of Saint John Stock PhotoBuilt Structure,Castle,Color Image,Courtyard,Dodecanese Islands,Europe,Fort,Greece,Horizontal,Military,No People,Old Town,Outdoors,Photography,Restoring,Rhodes - Dodecanese Islands,TownPhotographer James L. StanfieldCollection: National Geographic It was built as a fortress of war and doubled as a peacetime residence for the Grand Master and meeting place for the knights. The original palace was destroyed in 1856 when lightning set off a large amount of gunpowder left in the palace vaults. The rebuilt exterior of the palace is a reconstruction of the fourteenth-century building was completed by the Italians before World War II began.