Sunday, June 23, 2013

Church of the Virgin of the Burgh, Rhodes

The Church of the Virgin of the Burgh is located at the Gate of the Virgin Mary, in the Old Town of Rhodes, a Greek island in the South Aegean Sea. It dates back to the 14th century. Unfortunately, today only the three apses are standing together with parts of the small chapel. Nevertheless, it is obvious that it is a grand monument. It is proof of a unique ecclesiastical architecture within this Aegean island, which was developed during the epoch of the knights and the crusades.

This Roman Catholic church was most likely one of the first buildings built by the knight Templars, who, after Jerusalem, they moved their headquarters to Rhodes and finally to Malta. During the Turkish occupation of the island, this church was transformed into a mosque. Nevertheless, its importance is evident, since the other Roman Catholic churches of the islands from that time do not exist today, being thus an important building for the history of Rhodes.

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