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Address: Pjazza tar-Rotunda, Mosta, Island of Malta, Malta
Phone Number: 21 433826
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Completed in 1860, this church has the third-largest unsupported dome in...

Completed in 1860, this church has the third-largest unsupported dome in Europe.

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A nice church in a calm and nice town

We got here to see the 15th august celebrations. And we discovered an impressive church with an unusual history. It is beautiful inside and outside, seems a small Pantheon. And... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Besana in Brianza, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We got here to see the 15th august celebrations. And we discovered an impressive church with an unusual history. It is beautiful inside and outside, seems a small Pantheon. And its history is interesting. In 1942, a German bomb pierced the dome when over 300 people were attending to a mass. Miraculously, they say, the bomb didn't explode. So you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

St Mary Parish Church in Mosta is round shaped and that's why it's called "Rotunda". It has beautiful paintings all around the dome. The church has it's museum and the remains of a bomb shell which entered the church during World War II. Not to be missed.

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Thank Michelle M
southern California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a beautiful church. You could pass 30 or 40 minutes looking ta all the fine work in this church. The rotunda is a marvel.

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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've visited this church today and were really impressed by the size of the church and the dome itself. The church is very beautiful. It has got a gift shop where you can see the bomb that hit the church during the war, went through the dome inside but didn't explode. You can even see the place in the dome... More 

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Mosta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just a few metres away from where I live, I can say I have enough knowledge about it to entice anyone who want to see a monumental church with a lot of history, to come an visit. The dome is superb. Don't shout though as your whisper echoes around the whole church. It was built around an even older church... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A beautiful church with an unusual history. Built in the 19th century, the rotunda's walls are 30 feet thick in order to support the large 122 foot dome. On April 9, 1942, a German bomb pierced the dome when over 300 people were waiting for mass to begin. Miraculously, the bomb did not explode and no one was seated in... More 

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Thank islandreams
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the thrid largest free standing dome in the world. Mosta dome is a beautiful church. During WW2 a german bomb came through the ceiling during mass, but didn't explode saving 300 lives. The area that the bomb fell through is still visible. A must see.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A beautiful building from the outside but sadly the hop on hop off bus times meant we arrived slap bang in the middle of the times the rotunda is shut.A s it was festa the statues and decorations were fantastic but gutted not to see inside on this visit.

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Ampthill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When you discover lives were saved. When you see the hole the bomb came through. When you see the bomb that survived and did not kill anyone. You should take a moment to believe in the miracle of Malta. Sure show respect and dont wear short shorts or vest tops but go for this free entry. Reminder that just possibly... More 

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Leyland, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the sights I was eager to visit on our trip to Malta. I had been told so much about the incredible domain and the story of the ww2 unexploded bomb. How disappointed we were when we eagerly dismounted our open top tour bus to discover it closed .......... Very frustrating and nobody to explain why !

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