The photo shows part of the length of the 'Sacra Infermeria'
Infirmary of the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of St John. It is
above and within the fortifications of the capital Valletta, facing the
This photo shows part of the Lazzaretto hospital - which was initially a place of quarantine, and then a hospital for contagious diseases situated on the fortified Manoel island within Marsamxett harbour. A pdf document on a tour of the Lazzaretto buildings is available on line.
For a while the
old armoury of the
knights in Birgu (Vittoriosa) was used as a hospital.
'Igloos' in Malta ?? !!
Yes ... well ... of sorts.
These constructions were built close to the sea on the rocks practically at sea level. It was believed that the salty sea spray would help improve certain skin conditions, and the sufferers would spend long periods of time in these places. The arched 'igloos' were intended to give protection from the sun, or perhaps less commonly, the rain.
Bighi hospital is of relatively late construction. A lift shaft extends from the level of the hospital down to a small covered jetty at sea level to permit ill or injured seamen to be transferred to the hospital above with relative speed and comfort.