Hospitallers also spelled hospitalers also called order of malta or knights of malta formally since 1961 sovereign military and hospitaller order of st john of jerusalem of rhodes and of malta previously 1113 1309 hospitallers of st john of jerusalem 1309 1522 order of the knights of rhodes 1530 1798 sovereign and . The knights of st john evolved during the crusades from a monastic order providing hostels for christian pilgrims visiting the holy land the need to provide armed escorts to the pilgrims began their transformation into a military order. The knights hospitaller also known as the hospitallers order of hospitallers knights of saint john and order of saint john were among the most famous of the western christian military orders during the middle ages. Description the knights of saint john left a lot of history in rhodes long since they were overrun by the ottoman empire the island of rhodes today still displays a massive insight into the knights order
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