It is an archipelago located in the Mediterranean, in the Maltese channel, 80 km from Sicily, 284 km from Tunisia and 333 km from Libya, included in the Italian geographical region. With an area of 315.6 km² it is one of the smallest and most densely populated states in the world.
This intertwined baroque masterpiece is attributed to Jean Parisot de la Valette, who was the Grand Master of the Knights of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. of the same Order, after the fantastic though bloody successful opposition to the Ottomans during their siege in the period of 1565.
Jean Parisot de la Vallette, had a vision and a concept far ahead for those times of understanding a fortress. In reality, he imagined it to be the heart of European culture and commerce. The disappearance of this strategist, before the city was finished, did not prevent its completion, becoming the capital that survived until today, going beyond the period of Napoleon’s occupation in 1798, when the Knights left.
It was then the interest of Pope Pius V, financier of the construction, to commission the famous Italian architect Francesco Laparelli, to do his best to make an inspection to assess the conditions of the city and then report the information to the Pope himself.