Why did the knights want Malta?
as a pit stop in the middle of the ocean.
Knights of St. John or Knights of Malta as they are also called they stayed in Malta for over 200 years and basically developed the health care by building numerous hospitals, improved the education in Malta and built entire Valletta. They did a lot of work in Malta and there is a lot to learn about them.
Michael Galea has written: 'German Knights of Malta' -- subject(s): Knights of Malta 'Grandmaster Philippe Villiers de L'Isle Adam, 1521-1534' -- subject(s): Biography, History, Knights of Malta, Military History 'Grand Master Jean Levesque de la Cassiere, 1572-1581' -- subject(s): Biography, History, Knights of Malta 'Sir Alexander John Ball and Malta' -- subject(s): Admirals, Biography, British, History
The Knights of Malta or Knights Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem were a western military order during the Middle Ages. Founded in 1099 in Jerusalem. It is the worlds oldest surviving chivalric order. Headquarters in Palazzo Malta in Rome. The motto is Protecting the Roman Catholic Church and serving those in need.
Gaston Tonna-Barthet has written: 'Biography of the grand masters of the sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem' -- subject(s): Biography, Knights and knighthood, Knights of Malta 'The Grand Masters of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem' -- subject(s): Biography, Knights of Malta, Portraits
The Siege of Malta (also known as the Great Siege of Malta) took place in 1565 when the Ottoman Empire invaded the island, then held by the Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Knights of Malta, Knights of Rhodes, and Chevaliers of Malta) The Knights won the siege, one of the bloodiest and most fiercely contested in history, and one which became one…
The knights fortified and enhanced their new domain and made the Italian language an official one. Because of the ongoing Crusade, the Knights' main task was to provide medical assistance. They built numerous hospitals and their eight-pointed cross, is still used as a symbol by many first aid organizations today. source: malta.com
The Knights went to Malta in 1530 (not in 1522). In 1522 they were located on the island of Rhodes (having settled there in 1309) however during such year they were invaded and defeated by the Ottomans. They were allowed to leave and, following seven years of wandering in Europe, finally Charles V of Spain gave them - in 1530 - the North African port of Tripoli and the Maltese Islands (in which they settled).
The only relation between the Knights Templar and the Knights of Columbus are that both organizations are/were approved by the Catholic church, members must be Catholic, and they both use the word Knight. There are no organizations that can legitimately claim the heritage through ancestry to the original order. The order was disband by the church. The Order of the Knights of Malta are the closest in relation and other organizations with the titles of…
Malta An island country in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, comprising the island of Malta and two smaller islands. Occupied successively by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Saracens, and Normans, Malta was granted to the Knights Hospitalers in 1530 and passed to France in 1798 and Great Britain in 1800. The country became independent in 1964 but has remained part of the British Commonwealth. Valletta, on Malta Island, is the capital. Population: 402,000. Source: Answers.com
There are lots of interesting places to see in Malta ... worthy of note are the Neolithic temples which are the oldest free standing structures in the world (they are older than the pyramids in Egypt), stunning baroque palaces and fortifications that were built by the Knights of St John, Valletta (the capital of malta) is a UNESCO world heritage site and the whole island of Malta is considered to be an open-air museum. Have…
Thomas Freller has written: 'The palaces of the grand masters in Malta' -- subject(s): Buildings, Palaces, Knights of Malta 'Cagliostro and Malta' -- subject(s): History 'Gozo, the island of joy' -- subject(s): Authors, Foreign Visitors, In art, Travel 'St. Paul's Grotto and its visitors' -- subject(s): Church history, Cult, St. Paul's Collegiate Church (Rabat, Malta), St. Paul's Collegiate Church (Rabat, Malta). Grotto
The only surviving Catholic Order which is the direct descendant of the Knights of St. John is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Worldwide, there are over 13,000 knights and dames, a small minority of whom are professed religious. Membership of the Order is by invitation only and solicitations are not entertained. (extracted from Wikipedia)