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 photography.
 


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 of Provence.

Epitaph of Grand Master Jean-Paul de Lascaris-Castellar.

Grand Master Annet de Clermont de Chettes-Gessan (d. 1660), in the chapel of Auvergne.
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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François Velde

Jun 07, 2002