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The Knights of Malta

By Linda Tancs

Over 900 years old, the Order of Malta is an ancient order that traces its origins to a monk’s humanitarian missions directed at pilgrims visiting the Holy Land.  More than just a religious order, its Knights comprise a sovereign entity that prints passports and enjoys diplomatic relations–all without the borders of a country to call its own.  The stateless state is located in Rome’s Via Condotti.  That’s quite unlike its namesake, the island of Malta.

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