The crown of the Maltese military history is nothing but, Fort St Elmo  According to legends, the fort is exactly on the site of a fortified Roman settlement.  In 1530, when the Knights arrived n Malta, the Fort became the seat of the Grand Master of the Order.  In the Great Siege of 1565, the Fort managed to repel a formidable Saracen armada. The epic resistance of the Knights during this 3month old siege gave the Fort its legendary status, and its great emotional significance for the Maltese people.

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