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Malta, a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea was for centuries one of the most fortified centers of the Christianity. The order of the Hospitalier Knights of St John took over the island of Rhodes in 1309 and settled there the most advanced Eastern point of Christianity. They resisted in the island till 1522 when Suleiman the Magnificent drove them out but giving them safe passage. A narrative of this impressive part of history we put in a video about Rhodes Town & Rhodes Island. After wandering for seven years, the knights settled in Malta and the best years of the order were just to begin. I found this story fascinating especially after I lost myself in the magnificent palace of the Grand Master in Rhodes and all the other buildings the knights built during their stay there, a place that oozes the air of medieval Europe. In 1530. the knights settled in one of the finger peninsulas facing the place that will become Valletta, in Birgu one of the peninsulas that are called today “The Three Cities”. Their mission houses organized like the today multinational forces, as they did also in Rhodes, were located in Colacchio, a part of town of narrow winding alleys. Here the eight nations that formed the order had also its main headquarters in the Knights Hall, a large building with many entrances to be able to be easily supplied in case of attack. Out of the eight catholic nations that are symbolized by the eight corner star of the order only five exist today, many of the Iberian peninsula nations being incorporated into modern Spain. Malta's influence became paramount in the Mediterranean basin. The knights were corsairs, each ship being commanded by one of them, bringing loot that was developing the island and bankrolling the church. Out of the island's numerous inquisitors two became Popes and 22 cardinals, showing the great influence of Malta in the Catholic World. Eventually, Suleiman the Magnificent fed up with the knights' pirating the ships, attacked in 1565 but in spite of the large difference in numbers the Ottoman failed to remove the knights from the island and they lasted here till 1798 being removed by Napoleon's forces.

Malta is probably one of the most interesting destination for archeology, its artifacts and sites dating from times well before the known history of Sumer and Egypt. Many temples survive in a land that was just recently developed. The oldest temples in Malta dating from 7000BC are in the island of Gozo but several sets of remarkable temples dating from 3500BC are located in the main island. The most impressive, an experience in itself is a visit to the Hypogeum, a necropolis dug with great craft in the underground rock and filled with 7000 corpses for more than 1000 years.

 

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Malta Stock

3 hours of HD stock footage from these locations:

Malta: Valletta, Sliema, Gzira, Valletta harbor tour, Birgu/Vittoriossa, Mdina/Rabat, St Paul Bay, Mistra, Tarxien & Mnajdra Temples, Marsaxlokk

Gozo: Rambla Bay, Calypso Cave, Marsalforn, Victoria, Dwejra, Xlendi

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