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Rotunda (Church of St. Mary)

Rotunda Sq, Mosta, Island of Malta, Malta
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Mosta
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Even if not religious, this is definitely worth a visit.  The interior of the church is  impressive.  It is dedicated to the Assumption of St Mary... more »
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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is a famed 19th century church and is visible from anywhere on the island. It's interior has an inlaid marble floor and gilded, carved stone flowers around the dome. You may have seen more impressive churches elsewhere but this is impressive for Malta.

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Kent UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It doesn't even list in the top twenty. As an "unsupported" dome it ranks. It's like saying "green domes with a hint of yellow". Nothing makes it remarkable except perhaps the difficulty in getting to it. Malta has a lot of things going for it but this is not one of them.

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Havant, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A must see if in Malta. It only opens for and hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon so check times before travelling there as we missed it first time and had to go back in the afternoon. I am not religious at all but this place is impressive the building when inside just takes your breath... More

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Thun, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Very impressive church and as we learned, it has the forth biggest round shaped roof in the world! Breathtaking! A masterpiece of architecture! A must when in Mosta!

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We took the local bus to visit the Rotunda, which was based on the Pantheon in Rome which we had visited last year. The church dominates the town and is magnificent with rich decor and the added history of good fortune it had. If you are looking for a place to visit as part of a day then would thoroughly... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Arriving shortly after 12 is a pain, but worth seeing as another reviewer suggested "if passing" the bomb story is amazing, and the architecture stunning.... Maybe further interest from a religious point of view but I lack a massive interest in religion ! Good to visit!

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

The basilica boasts with the 2nd largest dome after the St. Peter's in Rome but I doubt that. It does not seem that big. It IS big enough, don't get me wrong. Size apart: it is one of the most beautiful catholic churches I've ever seen. Has its own miracle, too. In 1942, a bomb fell through the dome but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Came here with my friend and her son for a visit. We didn't know that it was closed from 11.45 to 3pm but it's worth noting this and you can plan your visit It didn't actually open on time I think 5 mins or so later Once inside it Is worth the wait Stunning

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The dome is huge. If you are driving across the island, it is worth a detour. It shuts at 11.45, however (until 3, I think). 20 is sufficient. Free to enter, and they give the skimpily dressed something for their shoulders.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This church closes from 12 - 3 pm, so if you really want to see it, plan carefully. The dome is HUGE and it's kind of interesting to see the replica of the bomb that didn't explode - thankfully, as there was enough other damage done here and around Malta during WWII. It is a large open church inside and... More

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