In the heart of the ancient fori imperiali flies the flag of the Knights of Malta. The Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (House of the Knights of Rhodes) was built in the ruins of the Forum of Augustus by the Knights Hospitaller at the end of the 13th century.
The Knights Hospitaller, a lay religious order, were initially based in Jerusalem and moved to Rhodes in 1310. A little over two hundred years later the Knights moved to Malta before finally establishing their headquarters in Rome where they remain to this day.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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