Byzantine Fortifications

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Construction works on these fortifications were initiated in the late 7th century AD, followed by additions and expansions that coincided with the start of the Crusades, the whole having bestowed upon the Medieval City of Rhodes the typical outlook of a fortified medieval stronghold, with clearly identified modules like the Citadel (Palace of the Grand Master), the Fort (Collachium, the Fort of the Knights) and the urban area.
Much of the construction material used for the development of the Byzantine fortifications came from the Hellenistic era defence constructions already in place, part of which are still visible throughout the Palace perimeter, on the northern and eastern side of the Medieval City.

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