A six-member deputation of the French National Assembly, headed by Prince de Boglie, member of the French Academy, arrived in Rhodes April 2 to attend the ceremony at which Rhodes and Conches were proclaimed "sister" towns.
The officials arrive at the ceremony of the state-hall of the Rhodes Prefecture.
Bishop of Rhodes arriving.
French officials as above.
Mayor of Rhodes Mr. Petridis speaking on the occasion.
A view of the attending officials.
A French Deputy replies on behalf of the French National Assembly's deputation. (two shots of Mr. Demproe)
Dr. Gilbaud, Mayor of Conches, thanks Rhodes Mayor and exhalts the meaning of the event (two shots)
Rhodes Mayor Petridis hands over to Conches Mayor Dr. Gilbaud an ancient object to commemorize the event.
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Background: A six-member deputation of the French National Assembly, headed by Prince de Boglie, member of the French Academy, arrived in Rhodes April 2 to attend the ceremony at which Rhodes and Conches were proclaimed "sister" towns. Among other personalities who had arrived for the occasion were the French Ambassador to Greece, M. de Charboniere, the Prefet of the Eure (department where Conches is situated) Mr Boissier, the Mayor of Conches, Dr. Guilbaud, the representative of the Municipality of Broglie, and many others.
Conches was the town from which Godfrey de Bouillon set out on the first Crusade in 1096, and in this sense may be regarded as the starting-pont of the Crusades. Whereas Rhodes, as the last stronghold of the Knights of St. John in the East, is so to say the terminal of the Era of the Crusades.
The ceremony which took place in the state-hall of the Prefecture of Rhodes, was also attended by Don Enzo di Napoli Rabola, Prince of Rezutano, Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta, which was the continuation of the Order of the Knights of Rhodes, and today has its headquarters in Rome.