Description The sea-castle of Narangia was the most important Hospitaller Hospitaller stronghold on the island of Kos, or Lango as it was known in the middle ages. Kos was the second largest Hospitaller possession in the Dodecanese and situated about 128km north-west of Rhodes, and the most important Hospitaller possession after Rhodes. The castle, formerly a Venetian outpost, was only securely acquired by the Knights of St John in 1336. The drawing shows the castle in its final configuration, with the old Venetian castle enclosed by the massive fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Hospitaller enceinte of gunpowder bastions and terrepleined curtains, all built with stones removed from the nearby remains of the ancient Hellenic city. Adjoining the castle stood a small fortified suburb, began around 1381, of which however, little remains today to be seen. The castle, on the other hand is very well preserved.
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