The Knights of Saint John in Rhodes, Greece

The Knights of Saint John were initially formed in the 11th century. The knights first began as a religious order, looking after the wounded and sick crusaders. The knights came to Rhodes in 1309, where they stayed for 200 whole years. During their reign in Rhodes, the Ottoman Empire attempted to conquer the island numerous times. In an attempt to stop the Ottoman Empire from capturing the island, the Knights of Saint John formed a military order as well.