Belonged to Grand Master of the Order Pierre d'Aubusson – the hero of the 1480 Battle at Rhodes. It was granted to Paul I in 1797 when he became a member of the Maltese Order. Later on the Emperor handed down the Cross to his eldest son - the heir to the throne Alexander Pavlovich.
Sovereign knigths. Foreign orders of russian emperors. M., 2010 Valour. Honour. Glory. Rewards of Russia. Catalogue of the exhibition. Moscow, 2004 L.M. Gavrilova. Foreign Orders of Russian Emperors in the collection of Moscow Kremlin Museums. Moscow, 2018