Malta Portuguesa (1991)

The Portuguese in Malta

125 min

Documentário  

Realização:  ·  Camilo Azevedo

Argumento:  ·  Paulo Varela Gomes

A história multi-secular das relações entre Malta e Portugal.
Esta série, com carácter documental, fala-nos sobre as relações ocultas entre Portugal e Malta, a evolução da fronteira ocidente-oriente desde as cruzadas até á actualidade e também nos revela a História desconhecida da Ordem de Malta.
[Fonte: RTP]

[Malta lies in the middle of the Mediterranean, between Sicily and Tunis: these are the three small islands composing the archipelago of Malta.
The knights of S. João of Jerusalem also known as "Hospitallers" established in Malta in 1530. They came from Rhodes, an island they had rulled for 200 years, after having been turned out from Palestine.
The Order of the Hospitallers was founded in Palestine between 1099 and 1113 around the Hospital of S. João Baptista in Jerusalem conquered by the crusades. Its members occupied the first line of Christian defenses, while these were being pulled out of Palestine and along the Mediterranean.Many of the knights of S. João were Portuguese. In Portugal the Order owned Leça, ordered the construction of the castle of Belver and the monastery of "Flor da Rosa" in Crato. Prince D. Luís, warrior and protector of the arts, son to D. Manuel I has been Crato’s parish minister, that is to say, leader of the Portuguese priorate of the Order of S. João. This same position had been filled by D. António, pretender to the throne of Portugal and whom has been defeated by Filipe II from Spain.
At the schools in Malta the children learn the feats of two Portuguese forgotten in their own country: António Manuel de Vilhena and Manuel Pinto da Fonseca, Grand-Masters of the Hospitallers and absolute sovereigns of Malta in the 18th century.
Many of the magnificient fortresses and churches, statues and palaces, theatres and Malta’s walls still carry their names.
The cathedral of S. João de Valleta, for example, still lodges the tombs of several nobels and two Portuguese Grand-Masters of 1700.
Many "Maltese" have passed through the Portuguese territory: men born and educated in Malta, Portuguese knights of the Order. One can still find the marks left behind by these men: tombs and castles, palaces and churches, staircases and sculptures.
(Source: RTC)]

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