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Our Lady of Victories (the church on the right side of the photo) was the first building completed in the new city of Valletta. Jean de Valette himself laid the foundation stone. Unfortunately, he didn’t live to see the entire city built. He had a stroke while he was out hunting with his falcons, after having received word that his love-child, a teenaged daughter, had been murdered by her husband. No, the knights did not take their vows of chastity seriously. In fact, Maltese citizens were so tired of having their women abused that they tried to revolt against the Hospitallers more than once.

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