450th Anniversary of the Great Siege celebrated by Malta Post

September 14th, 2015

FindYourStampsValue.com got to know that Malta Post has issued a special stamp to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege. The stamp features "The Allegory of the Triumph of the Order" which is the work of Mattia Preti in St. John's Co- Cathedral in Valletta.

The issue was released and put into circulation on the 7th of September.

The battles of 1565 in Malta were the climax of longstanding hostility between the Christians and the Islamic Ottoman Empire for control of the Mediterranean. Emperor Charles V had granted Malta to the Knights of St. John in 1530 also to create a line of defence for Christian Europe from Ottoman attacks.

In May 1565, an Ottoman fleet of 40,000 men arrived in Malta and this marked the start of the Great Siege. The siege of Malta ended on the 8th September 1565 when the Ottoman troops retreated and the event is still commemorated as a National Day and popularly known as ‘Il- Vitorja'.

The miniature sheet represents part of a painting by Mattia Preti who painted the allegorical figure of Victory representing the Order, dressed in armour and helmet with a sword in one hand and the flag of the Order in the other. In the background lie wounded knights and a fortified city that recalls the Great Siege.