The Mosta Dome
The St Marija Assunta church with its enormous dome is the symbol of this village. This dome is already seen from far and it is the fourth largest one in Europe, after Rome, London and Xewkija (on Gozo).
This church is an imitation of the Pantheon in Rome.
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The miracle of Mosta
"During the last world war a bomb smashed the dome without exploding. At that moment the church was filled with people"
Unfortunately the sacristy was closed the day we were visiting. So we couldn't see the replica of the bomb from nearby.
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The huge dome played a part it its claim to fame when during WW2 in 1942 three german bombs fell on the church during a service. Two bounced off the dome without exploding and the third pierced the dome and landed in the church admidst the congregation also without exploding - truly a miracle. A replica of the 200kg bomb can be seen in the sacristy of the church.
Mosta is mainly a busy working town but visitors come here to see its huge parish church - the Mosta Rotunda built in the mid 19th century. Its dome is huge - the fourth largest in Europe. Its massive walls, up to 6m deep meant the dome could be constructed without scaffolding. ts certainly a focus of attention when viewed from high places like Mdina - where this pic was taken from the bastions near the Fontanella tearooms.
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The Rotunda has two belfries and huge ionic columns on its facade. We passed by here twice and didn't manage to find the church open :-S
So you don't make the same mistake if you want to see the interior the opening times are:
Daily 9-12 and 3-5pm
Inside the interior is said to be beautiful - and indeed looks so from other VT pictures I have seen - with its six side chapels, intricate marble floor and almost 3D murals by Guiseppe Cali. Oh well next time maybe.
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Church of Santa Marija Assunta
Otherwise known as Mosta Dome.
This picture taken across the street in between the flow of traffic, really shows the vast dome.
It is a beautiful building, not to be missed on a trip to Malta.
This is the replica of the bomb that pierced the dome in World War II while the church was full of parishioners, skidded across the floor (the repair to the floor is only noticeable when pointed out to you) but it did not explode. So it was hailed as a miracle.
The Mosta Rotunda is amongst the most famous churches on the island. Its dome is reputed to be the fourth largest in the world. It was built in 1833 with a design similar to that of the Roman Pantheon. During World War II a 500lb bomb penetrated the dome of the church but miraculously failed to explode to the good fortune of a congregation of 300. A replica of the bomb is found in the sacristy.
On August 15th Assumption Day is celebrated all over Malta. We witnessed the preparations for this feast a few days before already in Mosta, so we decided to return here and see how things developed. As we had our 2 small boys with us, we couldn't stay to party until late.
At about 5 o'clock the church bells started to ring continuously, and people filled the streets after their siesta. We went into the famous church with the large dome (largest after St Peters in Rome?), went to see the fanfare playing and then the fireworks started. And I'm not talking about fire crackers; these were just plain thunderstrucks!
A stay at my house
Well while you're in Mosta you might aswell come smoke a joint with me at my house. It's an old farm house in the core of the village... you'll have to pass through some rough areas where you will find old people staring at you and judging your every move.. but when you arrive you'll have a good time. We will put on some reggae music and sit down and relax and stuff... if you come get some clay or other stuff so we can stay builing artistic things.
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An Afternoon at Xufi
Well this is my favorite place to go in Mosta. It's easy to find, near the mosta dome. But don't bother looking for it, come to my house for a joint and we'll go together. Here you will find cheap good food, and a nice atmosphere of old people talking about politics. It doesn't sound nice, but it is!! I have been going there for many years. You may also enjoy a good game of cards and stuff.....
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One of the many items on show in the dome, most under plastic wrap or in glass cases like this to preserve them.
So huge that the ceiling of the dome would not fit into the viewfinder, but you get the gist of its size from this photograph.
Please enlarge to get the full effect.
The biiiiiiiiiig church of Mosta
The cuppola is really quite big. You will see it if you go inside. The church itself isn't that high otherwise, so it looks more like a big concert hall in my point of view....
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