Malta and the Knights Hospitallers

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Seeley, 1905 - 80 pages
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Page 52 - ... of Barbary, of Italy, and of Sicily, presents exhaustless resources to the lovers of the highest order of natural beauty. If that fair Valetta, with its streets of palaces, its picturesque forts and magnificent church...
Page 78 - The love of the Maltese and the voice of Europe confirms these islands to great and invincible Britain " ; and (adds a candid foreign critic) " I think that the Maltese have no cause to repent the consequences of that love.
Page 52 - Ricasoli, St. Angelo, and the fortifications of Florian, the creeks with the merchant vessels, and ships of war lying at anchor, and the walls of Cottonera, form together a coup d'ceil of a very imposing character.
Page 52 - ... impressive than the view of Malta to a stranger arriving in the harbour of Valetta. The high walls, the houses rising one above the other, the arches of the lower Barraca, the three cities on the opposite side of the harbour, with Fort Ricasoli, St.
Page 34 - In him, for change in Yamen could not be : The Immutable is he. 14. He sate upon a marble sepulchre, Massive and huge, where, at the Monarch's feet, The righteous Baly had his Judgment-seat. A Golden Throne before them vacant stood; Three human forms sustained its ponderous weight, With lifted hands outspread, and shoulders bowed Bending beneath the load. A fourth was wanting. They were of 'the hue Of coals of fire ; yet were they flesh and blood. And living breath they drew ; And their red eyeballs...
Page 33 - ... protection of the Knights of Rhodes, might be given up in return. It was brought hither from Rhodes, and inclosed in a splendid gauntlet Tomb of the Grand Master Pinto. shaped monstrance of solid gold, bedecked with costly gems ; in front of this lay a gold ring, set with a large diamond (or sapphire), which Napoleon put upon his own finger, and ordered the case to be taken on board the Orient, contemptuously leaving the " dead hand " to Grand Master Hompesch, who carried it to St.
Page 58 - ... close to the great harbour, the inducement no doubt to choose this site being that patients might be landed from ships at the mouth of the harbour, and brought in by a covered way below the sea wall into the lower ward of the hospital, without making a tedious and dangerous circuit of the streets. Unfortunately it is thus completely sheltered by the high ground behind it from the healthy north and north-west winds, while it is exposed to the enervating scirocco. This is much to be regretted...
Page 58 - ... reorganized by GM Manoel del Vilhena, is now used for the accommodation of a small number of patients, under the title of Santo Spirito. As St. Angelo was henceforth to be the chef lieu of the Order a hospital was erected in the Borgo, of which the doorway still remains, the building being now a nunnery. In the chapel however there is an interesting painting dated 1557? with the arms of L'Isle Adam and the date of the foundation, 1533. On the completion of the new city this hospital was transferred...
Page 29 - Serte. catalogue of these elaborate works of artistic fancy being contained in three folio volumes ; while gorgeous piles of sculpture interspersed with bronzes and paintings adorn the walls of the transepts, and mark the resting-places of the later Grand Masters of the Order, and of other illustrious personages.
Page 29 - ... The simple barrel vault which 29 constitutes the nave is fifty feet in breadth, and is divided on either side of its length of 187 feet, by massive piers and arches, from six transeptal chapels, which again communicate by smaller arches, one with another, so as to produce the effect of side aisles. The floor, both of the nave and chapels, is paved with tombstones of chevaliers of bygone days, more than four hundred in number, one vast mass of heraldic emblazonment in mosaic of precious marbles...

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