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SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA


Location - Seat located at Magistral Palace, Rome; Capital - NA; Population - 13,500 members; Currency - Scudo

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is a lay Catholic religous order established in 1138 in Jerusalem to protect the faith and serve the poor. It's classed as a sovereign entity and issues passports, stamps and currency. It also has permanent observer status at the United Nations, though it does not possess any territory. And it's full name is a hefty The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta. Phew!

 

MilitaryOrderMaltanoteThough more decorative then practical, it mints its own coins known as the Scudo (1 Scudo = 0.24 Euro). These are a Three Scudi and Two Tari dated 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital281The Magistral Palace, or Palazzo Malta, is the Order's seat of government at Via dei Condotti, Rome

 

ital284The flag of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. It was founded in Jerusalem around 1048 and became a society of knights who defended the Catholic faith. It then moved to Rhodes before arriving in Malta - Rome

 

ital285The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order has its own government, an independent magistracy and diplomatic relations with over 100 countries - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital286The Order also has its own constitution, passports and stamps - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital297I went in search of the Order's other building in Rome, on Aventine Hill, Rome. This isn't it.

 

ital302The presence of the Italian army indicated I was close. The soldier is standing outside the church found opposite the Villa Malta - Rome

 

ital298The Villa Malta hosts the embassy of the Order to the Holy See and also to Italy. I was wondering why so many people were fascinated with the keyhole - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital299And this is why. Well almost.. - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital304Through the keyhole of the Villa Malta. St Peter's Basilica through an arch of cypress trees - Rome

 

ital301The Sovereign Military Order of Malta - Rome

 

slovenia73Among other cities, the Order has an office in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

slovakia137The Military Order's embassy in Bratislava

 

slovakia100The Order's representatives had a Christmas stall on Hviezdoslavovo Nam selling hot drinks and handing out leaflets - Bratislava

 

austria134This building in Vienna seemed to be a church belonging to the Order rather than an embassy - Vienna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sovmilitaryordermaltanewsA publication in Austria featuring the Order's current Grand Master

 

 

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LINKS

www.orderofmalta.int - official website

 

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