About the Monastery of the Sovereign Order of RomeThe Monastery of the Knights of Malta (Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta) is located on Aventine Hill overlooking the magnificent view of Rome. This monastery is the center of activity of Malta's sovereign military order. Together with Palazzo Malta, the region is considered outside the Italian territory and belongs to the Order of the Knights of Malta - a completely sovereign entity.
There is a special, almost fairytale-like attraction for children and adults; it is a keyhole in the garden. This is the locked door in the garden with a small peephole. It is called "il buco nella serratura." Through this hole you can see a charming little wonder. It is a long row of trees with a Vatican dome at the center - the Basilica of St. Peter. The sight of the magical perspective, which has a fascinating composition that any photographer would be happy to display in his photographs, was discovered years ago by accident.
About the Sovereign Military Order of MaltaThe Order of the Knights of Malta began in the time of the Crusades and its roots trace back to European nobility. Its goals are acts of kindness for the needy. The Order operates hospitals, nursing homes and ambulance services all over the world.
Like the Vatican, this unique order is independent of Italy and completely sovereign, constituting a kind of state within Rome. Although it is a political entity that does not control its own territory, it can use political symbols such as printing its own stamps, minting coins, issuing passports and even identifying car plates.
The non-political public activity, which is completely neutral, gave the Order observer status in the UN and over 100 countries maintain diplomatic relations with it.
This elitist Order includes about 13,000 members, most of them Christians, rich, men, and caucasian. To illustrate its power upon the aristocracy here - in the monastery of the Order was baptized Juan Carlos, King of Spain, by the future Pope Pius XII.
In the center is a clinic that is public and provides free health services to the poor who cannot afford treatments.