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Rhodes Castle, Greece was originally built in late 7th century as a Byzantine citadel. After the Knights Hospitaller occupied Rhodes and some other Greek islands in 1309, they converted the fortress into their administrative centre and the palace of their Grand Master. In the first quarter of the 14th century, they repaired the palace and made a number of major modifications. The palace was damaged in 1481and it was repaired soon after.
Raymond du Puy de Provence -(1083–1160) was a French knight and was the first Grand Master of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitaller) from 1120 to 1160. A member of a noble and ancient family in Dauphiné, Rochefort and Montbrun. As the first Grand Master he developed the Knights Hospitaller into a strong military force. He made the eight-pointed cross the official symbol of the Order, which later became known as the Maltese Cross.