Marc'Antonio Zondadari

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Marc'Antonio Zondadari
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Grand Master of the Order of Saint John
In office
13 January 1720 16 June 1722
Monarch King Victor Amadeus
King Charles IV
Preceded by Ramon Perellos y Roccaful
Succeeded by António Manoel de Vilhena
Personal details
Born 1658
Siena, Tuscany (modern Italy)
Died 16 June 1722
Resting place St. John's Co-Cathedral
Nationality Italian
Military service
Allegiance Flag of the Order of St. John (various).svg Order of Saint John

Fra' Marc'Antonio Zondadari (1658 − 16 June 1722), from Siena, was the 65th Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta, from 1720, after the death of Fra Ramon Perellos y Roccaful, till his own death in 1722.

Siena Comune in Tuscany, Italy

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From 1702 onwards Zondadari lived in Palazzo Carniero in Valletta, which later became known as Auberge de Bavière. [1]

Auberge de Bavière

The Auberge de Bavière is a palace in Valletta, Malta. It was built as Palazzo Carneiro in 1696, and it was the residence of Grand Master Marc'Antonio Zondadari in the early 18th century. In 1784, it was converted into the auberge for the Anglo-Bavarian langue of the Order of Saint John, and it remained so until the French occupation of Malta in 1798.

Although his reign only lasted for two years, he was popular with the Maltese. During his reign Carnival traditions were strengthened with the establishment of the Kukkanja.

Carnival festive season which occurs immediately before Lent

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His body is buried in a magnificent monument by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi in the St. John's Co-Cathedral while his heart was buried in his native Siena, much to the dismay of the Maltese. This monument is baroque work of art in bronze and marble which shows the Grand Master reclining. This is the only monument found in nave of the church because it did not fit in the chapel of the langue of Italy. [2]

Massimiliano Soldani Benzi Italian artist

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  1. "Auberge de Bavière". Government Property Department. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  2. Cini, George (5 April 2004). "When the Knights splashed out on Baroque sculptures". Times of Malta . Archived from the original on 13 March 2016.
Preceded by
Ramon Perellos y Roccaful
Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller
Succeeded by
Antonio Manoel de Vilhena