Castello Lanzun - Headquarter of the Order
Torri Ta Lanzun (Castello Lanzun or Castle of the Lance) is located at Mensija, San Gwann (Malta), opposite the parish church. The building, formerly a fortress against the buccaneers, is owned by the Order and under the guidance of the Grand Commandery of the Castello. Destroyed during the Second World War its purchase and restoration was made possible by the generosity of the late LtCol Robert Gayre of Gayre and Nigg, Laird of Lochore. Additional funds have been raised by means of a special Commemorative Medal, which has been issued in 1973 on the occassion of the opening of the headquarter.
The Torri consists of the main building with small kitchen, cloakroom and toilette, the tower with the Order's chapel, flag pole on top, and a large inner yard with a lot of flowers and a commemorative plate. The rooms upstairs house the archives of the Order. The former stables have been converted into a large meeting hall (Knights' Hall). All rooms are decorated with a large number of arms, pictures and photos. Castello Lanzun is regulary used by the both Jurisdictions located at Malta.
The Torri was formally opened by the 48th Grand Master Emeritus, H.R.H. Don Francisco de Borbón y Escasany, in 1973 as the official headquarter of the Grand Master. Consequently in the year 2008 - after the election and installation of the new Grandmaster of the United Order (former Malts- and Paris Obediences) - Don Carlos Gereda de Borbón, Marquis de Almazán has taken over as 49th Grand Master of the Order the Leadership of the Grand Commandery obviously because of the Grandmaster is also The Grand Commander of the Castello.
Further informations about the Commmadery are available at: www.stlazarus-mt.org