The Knights Hospitaller

in Malta:

In the 1520s, Rhodes finally fell to the Turks, and the Order relocated to Malta in the Western Mediterranean. Here they withstood a famous Turkish assault which nearly destroyed them, but thereafter increasingly resembled any other small feudal state of the region. The arts flourished, but military preparedness and religious zeal declined; so, eventually, did the Order's famous Hospital, once the finest in Europe.

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