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“A must-see Church in Malta”
Review of Rotunda of Mosta

Rotunda of Mosta
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Owner description: Completed in 1860, this church has the third-largest unsupported dome in Europe.
Reviewed February 25, 2013

There are over 300 churches on the island of Malta, but the Rotunda in Mosta is one of the most fascinating and beautiful places I know. It's worth going in, sitting down and just soaking up the atmosphere of the place - watch the tourists file in and out with their guides; watch the locals go about their day-to-day church business and admire the ornate artwork and magnificent dome. See if you can spot where the bomb came through the roof during WWII.

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

There are many churches in Malta and you can easily overdose on them - the Rotunda at Mosta is worth a visit and has a wonderful story - miracle - to go with it.
Opening times are not well advertised but i understand it is open from 1500 most days for a couple of hours. Many buses pass through Mosta from Valleta and you cannot miss the Church of St Mary when you leave the bus.
The building is impressive in size the circumference of the chruch being some 150 feet and the dome standind some 180feet at its highest point - yes it is big..
Built during the mid 1800s this church is filled with statues and paintings - silver and beeswax but your eyes continue to rise towards the dome - it is amazing and is supported by the 25ft thick walls of the church.
The events that occurred in April 1942 add greatly to this place - four German bombs hit the church - including the one that penetrated the dome and ended up in the middle of the church - none of the exploded - some see this as divine intervention , others say that a note was found inside one of the bombs stayng that the bomb had been made harmless by forced workers in the Skoda factory near Prague.
There is a plaque and a copy of the bomb within the church - alongside some old black and white photos of some of those involved.
This is a living church with services going on as they have done for years - you will be expected to show some respect if you visit - shorts and low cut tops are not welcome.

Thank yandinazetland
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Having had a bomb drop inside this beautiful church , it was amazing it survived , a replica of the unexplored bomb can be seen here .The church has magnificent paintings and icons galore and a great deal of gold in its make up . Beautiful chandeliers ,ceilings and the huge dome ,all so lovely.

Thank Margo C
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

One of the most impressive architectural domes in Europe and beyond. The bomb-made scar in the ceiling made during WWII is definitely impressive.

Would recommend to couple this visit with a visit to Wied il-Ghasel in upper Mosta which is one of the nicest valleys on the island.

1  Thank KrisCini
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

It's the only touristy thing to do in Mosta really. I work here so popped in after work and was blown away by the ceiling. As a catholic I will probably go to one of the english masses there too.

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