Crusaders still exist in Malta

Crusaders still exist on the islands of Malta, where reporter Elisabeth Eaves of the New York Times spoke with one for a feature article.

Her "crusader" is Nicholas de Piro, a "bespectacled grandfather," and a monk of the Knights of Malta, known in crusader-times as the Sovereign Hospitaller Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.

The historic sites on Malta include those in Valletta, the nation's capital, called by UNESCO “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.” The island was Muslim from 870 to 1249, and later the site of much conflict between the locals and the Knights who were given the islands by Spain in the 16th century.