Top members of the 900-year-old Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, more commonly known as the Order of Malta, have recently stayed at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard during the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta, which is recorded as one of the bloodiest and crucial battles in history.

The stay included the Grand Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.



“The Great Siege remains important because it was a pivotal point in Europe’s history,” explains HE Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager. “Its significance is also enhanced by the recent events within the Mediterranean, which is once again in turmoil. The Sovereign Order of Malta is uniquely positioned to be a promoter of unity and mutual respect. Therefore, while commemorating historic events such as this is important, they must also be a catalyst to peaceful progress. It is important to remember that we need to work together to help tackle present and future circumstances in this region, including the current migrant crisis.”

HE Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager was also joined, among others, by Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, the President of the Maltese Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta. They, together with the Grand Commander and the Sovereign Council, led a contingent almost 300 strong, commemorating this significant milestone.

When asked about his stay at the hotel, HE Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager joked that, “Although we did not get to spend a lot of time at the hotel, we have definitely enjoyed our stay – the shower works and the beds are very comfortable. So it has been most pleasant, indeed!”

The Order of Malta now boasts over 13,500 members worldwide, of which 100 reside in Malta. It also has about 80,000 volunteers and 25,000 medical employees stationed all over the world. Moreover, while many may regard it as a military order due to its past, the Order is focused on its main charisms – witnessing their faith by providing assistance to those who need it most, bringing medical aid wherever natural disasters, conflicts or crises strike.