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Palazzo Malta: photos, description (Palazzo Malta)

The Palazzo Malta is one of the two headquarters of the world's oldest chivalric order of Malta (the other one is the Villa Malta). Located on the via dei Condotti 68 in Rome, a short walk from the Spanish steps. Palazzo has the status of extraterritoriality, i.e., withdrawn from the operation of local laws, and is the property of the order.

In June 1798 the French army under Napoleon took the island of Malta and Valletta, capital of Malta. The island itself was given to the order in 1530 Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. Napoleon left the city numerous garrison and his chosen administration. And in September 1800 British forces recaptured the island from the French, and Treaty of Paris 1814 Malta became a British colony. Thus, the order of Malta was left without any territory, and was actually dissolved. Only in 1834 the order was restored, and its new headquarters located in the Palazzo Malta in Rome. In 1869, the Palazzo Malta and the Villa Malta received the status of extraterritoriality from the Italian Government. Today both buildings are recognized in more than 100 countries as an independent headquarters sovereign units.

Antonio Bosio, famous Italian archaeologist, whose father was a representative of the order of Malta, bought the building that later became the Palazzo Malta in the 17th century. After his death in 1629, the building will become the property of the Maltese order, and until 1834 it served as the residence of the Ambassador of the order to the Holy see. From 1889 to 1894 in the Palazzo restoration was carried out, during which the building was largely restored to its original state. The Palazzo Malta is faced with hewn stone and surmounted by a cornice with consoles.