National Geographic : 1935 Nov
Photograph by Edw. A.Gouder KNIGHTLY FIGURES GUARD A MASSIVE GATEWAY SEPARATING VALLETTA FROM FLORIANA, ITS SUBURB The statue in the niche at the left of the gate represents Jean Parisot de la Valette, for whom the town was named. He became Grand Master ofthe Knights of St. John and led the defense of Malta when the Turks besieged it in 1565 (see page 647). With fewerthan 9,000 fighting men, hefinally drove the Mohammedan forces of at least 30,000 back to their ships.