Heraldic Tour of Malta (1)
The Tombs of the Grand Masters
The co-cathedral of St. John, in Valletta, was built as a conventual
church from 1573 to 1578. All Grand Masters but one, from Villiers
de l'Isle Adam (d. 1534) to Emmanuel de Rohan (d. 1797) were buried there,
in the crypt until 1623, and in the chapels of the original Langues afterwards.
(The missing Grand Master is Didier de Saint-Jaille, d. 1536). The
crypt was closed off when I visited, but the monuments can be readily admired
in the chapels. I was, however, limited by a prohibition on flash
Arms of Grand Master ???, on the ceiling of the chapel of Auvergne.
Arms of Grand Master ???, on the ceiling of the chapel of Provence.
Grand Masters Juan de Homedes (d. 1553), Piero del Ponte (d. 1535),
and Claude de La Sengle (d. 1557), on the floor of the crypt. All
other grand masters buried in the crypt have a monument along a wall rather
than a tombstone on the floor, but I could only photograph one.
Grand Master Martin Garzes (d. 1601), in the crypt.
Grand Master Antoine de Paule (d. 1636), in the chapel of Provence.
Grand Master Jean-Paul Lascaris-Castellar (d. 1657), in the chapel
Epitaph of Grand Master Jean-Paul de Lascaris-Castellar.
Grand Master Annet de Clermont de Chettes-Gessan (d. 1660), in the chapel
Note the curious single-crown tiara above the shield.
Grand Master Rafael Cottoner (d. 1663), in the chapel of Aragon.
Grand Master Nicolas Cottoner (d. 1680) in the chapel of Aragon.
Grand Master Gregorio Caraffa (d. 1690), in the chapel of Italy.
Adrien de Wignacourt (d. 1697), in the chapel of France.
Grand Master Ramon Perellos y Rocaful (d. 1720) in the chapel of Aragon.
Grand Master Emmanuel Pinto (d. 1773), painted on marble; from his
tomb in the chapel of Castile and Portugal.
Grand Master Emmanuel de Rohan (d. 1797), the last grand master to be
buried in Malta, in the chapel of France.
Note the displayed eagle of St. Anthony.
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