When the knights of St John arrived in Malta, they moved to Birgu to live in the inner harbour area so that they could be close to their fleet. They moved to a particular area in Birgu which became known as the Collachio. Here they followed the same pattern of their Rhodes sojourn where they had their own private zone, but in Birgu it was impossible to have an exclusive access to the Collachio. In this area the knights built their auberges such as the Auberge of France and Auberge of England which are both still intact. This ancient area is full of history and memories where one can see different cultures unfolding, ranging from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and the Baroque with evident remains that gave Malta its typical domestic architecture.