Mosta Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07
  • GLASS BLOWING AT MOSTA...MALTA
    GLASS BLOWING AT MOSTA...MALTA
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Mosta Highlights

  • Pro
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    sandysmith says…

     Unmissable Dome 

  • Con
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    joanj says…

     In a busy street so unable to blot out modern day vehicles in photo's 

  • In a nutshell
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    ginte says…

     Round Church and lots of history 

Mosta Things to Do

  • Mosta Dome/Parish church

    The Dome of Mosta's Parish Church (St.Marija Assunta -Assumption of the Virgin Mary) is said to be the 4th largest church dome in Europe.Built from 1833-1871 on the site of a previous church,it was designed by 'Giorgio Grognet',whose plans were closely based on the Pantheon in Rome.On 9th April 1942,during an afternoon air-raid,a 200kg Luftwaffe...

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  • Rotunda of St Marija Assunta

    As Mosta, at the beginning only a small village of farmers, developed rapidly in late 18th century, its inhabitants felt the need of a bigger church.The famous Rotunda was made on a site of the much smaller church built in 1614. The new church was supposed to be built around the older church and when the construction was completed the old one to be...

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  • a cannon is watching over the...

    In front of the Rotunda you will see a cannon and many roads from all directions will lead you directely to the roundabout in front of the Rotunda-church. The hop-on, hop-off-bus and a lot of other regular buslines will take you there as well.When going to Mosta, remember that the church is closed between noon and 03.00pm !The church has place...

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  • There are 2 clocks at the Rotunda

    There are 2 clocks at the Rotunda,right under the small towers and while the one on the right is an ordinary clock showing the time, the other one on the left is showing the date. On other churches in Malta you will see 2 clocks and both of them are showing the time, once the correct time and once a completely wrong one,and that is in order...

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  • Dont miss the aviation-museum in Ta'Qali

    Dont miss the aviation-museum in Ta'Qaliit is just about 2km from Mosta ! and the former airport of Ta'Quali was also the reason to throw bombs in Mosta in WW II.The hop-on bus goes there before they take you to Mosta and Rabat,but there will be a public bus there as well from Mosta.The entrancefee to the museum was 5 euros and I saw some really...

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  • the balconies of Mosta

    It is always great for me to see these great balconies in Malta, and in Mosta you will also see a lot of them, and when you are lucky the sun will shine on them like in my photos here. Mosta is about 9km from Valetta and it has more than 19.000 inhabitants nowadays. When it comes to cartrafic, Mosta is a lot more peaceful than Valetta, and not a...

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  • No.4 in the world's ranking of largest...

    This church in quite a small town of Malta is ranking on place No.4 in the list of largest cuppolas in the world after the Hagia Sofia, St.Peters in Rome and a church in Brasil. The church is also quite big compared to the average buildings of Mosta and so you will see it from almost any place in town and when youlook at Mosta from Rabat or Mdina,...

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  • inside the Rotunda

    The interior of the Rotunda is worth seeing as well, I especially loved the angels that you will find under the large paintings on the walls, like shown here in my main photograph ! The pulpit is also worth seeing because it is standing on the floor instead of beeing fixed somewhere on the walls like in other churches (you will see it in my last...

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  • The Bomb Miracle of April 9, 1942

    The Bomb Miracle of April 9, 1942 happened in Mosta when 3 bombs were thrown down from german airplanes, and the first 2 bombs could not destroy the cuppola, but simply bounced off and the 3rd bomb pierced the dome, it fell on the floor of the Rotunda, BUT did not explode. About 300 people were trying to find shelter in the Rotunda at that time,...

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  • the dome of the Rotunda

    The cuppola of the Rotunda is the world's forth largest unsupported dome with an internal diameter of 37.2 metres. You will be able to enter the church freely and without restrictions, except in the time between noon and 03.00pm, when the church will be closed.Walk to the very end of the church and into the saceristy and you will hear about a bomb...

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  • The entrance of the church

    The church has a really impressive entrance with a row of columns similar to a Roman temple and you will find some interesting sculptures there as well.The church was built in 1860 by a Maltese architect named Giorgio Grongnet de Vasse and it was his idea to design a church similar to the Pantheon in Rome.The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady is...

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  • Visit the dome but not between 12 and...

    We arrived to see the famous Mosta dome at 12:05 only to find out the church is closed between 12:00 and 15:00!! Don't get me wrong the outside is prety nice as well, but it would have been nicer to see the dome as well...

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Mosta Restaurants

  • Extra Time

    This reatuarant is really nice. Its more like a sports place where you can see football as they have a big screen. The food is delicious and ambiance is very casual with a small garden to smoke and be served too. Spare ribs are delicious

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  • An Alternative to Glen: Xufi

    Well if Glen isn't at home you might aswell eat at Xufi. You will find typical Maltese food over there like 'Hobz biz-zejt' and 'Ross fil-forn' which are all available at very cheap prices! I usually get 'Hobz biz-zejt', you can choose your own filling from several ingredients.

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  • Eating at Glen

    There are many restarants in Mosta, which you will pay a lot of money for. Instead of eating like an idiot in one of those capitalist americanized restataunts, why not come with me and go to Glen's house! Although it is not always available since Glen is not always home, it has been proven to be one of the best places to eat after a joint at my...

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Mosta Transportation

  • To Mosta by the Hop-on & off-bus

    To Mosta by the Hop-on & off-busis one of the possibilities to go there. Buses are leaving each 30 min from Sliema and for the full day you pay 15 euros. I took the very first bus, spent some time in the park of the president, 1 hour in the Aviation-museum,30 min in Mostar and finally 1,5 hour in Mdina, that was the maximum I could do in a single...

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  • To Mosta by public transport

    Malta has an excellent bus-service, although their buses are mostly totally outdated. From Valetta you can take the buses No. 43, 44, 45, 47,49,50,52,56,58 or 59from Sliema bus No.65 and No. 86 from Bugibba .The bustickets are very cheap, mostly its just 47 cents one way, but for a suitcase you pay extra, that depends on the driver's decision, some...

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  • Going to Mosta

    Mosta is located in the centre of Malta, 9 km away from the capital city of Valletta, and easily reachable by the tourists. Most buses pass from Mosta on the way to Bugibba – Qawra summer resorts, Cirkewwa (the port to Gozo) or Mellieha on the way from Valletta.

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Mosta Shopping

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  • The Cornerstone Complex

    Built by the Exalco Group, as a new concept in shopping experience, the Cornerstone Complex in Mosta is housing both shops and offices.Here can be found the top local retailers all under one roof, with new collections of clothes, handbags from famous international names such as Tosca Blu, Gai Mattiolo, Arcadia and Byblos, accessories and body...

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  • Toys, Books

    The store is located close to the Rotunda, at the end of a straight street bringing to the back of the church, in a square where the buses are usually stopping, near the Cornerstone Complex.Among the things to be bought here are books, maps, souvenirs, toys, stationery, and electronics.

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Mosta Local Customs

  • Plugs & Electricity in Malta

    Electricity in Malta has 220 Volt, but the plug might be different from the one that you use in your homecountry and so it will be the best to take an adaptor-plug with you, because even the big hotels obviously dont have a single plug in the rooms for the ordinary plugs of Europe.Charging your batteries etc. will only be possible when you have the...

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  • Good Friday Pageant in Mosta

    Devotional Life size statues, showing scenes from the Passion of Christ, are carried through Mosta streets. Of remarkable artistic value, is the statue called – Il-Monument. A baroque hearse bearing the Dead Christ, with its intricate gilded wood sculptures. This is a unique work of art, which can only be admired in the Holy Week.

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  • Rotunda's feast

    Known as Rotunda of St Marija Assunta, dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady, the parish church of Mosta is in the center of all the public celebrations on August 15.As in all other towns and villages of the Maltese islands the locals meet in front of Rotunda showing their joy and celebrating.These symbols are also presented on Mosta's coat of...

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Mosta Warnings and Dangers

  • Forget about the Minibus-tours for 6,50...

    From Valetta,Sliema and other places in Malta you can book a halfdaytour in a minibus to Rabat, Mdina and Mosta for 6,50 euros p.p. This tour is called Mdina Historical and it is done by sunscopetravel. In principle that is just a transfer to these places with a tiny bit of confusing infos in between by the driver, while driving. They took me by a...

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  • The cathedral is closed from noon till...

    The cathedral is closed from every day from noon till 03.00pm so it really does not make a lot of sense to get out of the Hop-on, Hop-off-bus in Mosta during that time, nor does it make sense to take an ordinary bus to Mosta from anyhere in Malta, because there is not really any other very interesting building there in my opinion, except the same...

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  • Mosta Valley in the Rain

    Warning: Be carefull of going down in the Mosta Valley while it is raining, since it will rapidely fill with water. One minute you will be smoking your joint, the next minute you will be surrounded by water, so be carefull!

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Mosta What to Pack

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    by hadida Written Sep 22, 2003

    Miscellaneous: Although I have some stuff to smoke with, you might want to get some water bongs. You should get rizla and tobacco just incase i run out. Also get munchies with you, coz I usually eat all mine whenever I have. You can buy all the stuff (apart from water bongs) mentioned above from Xufi, see the Xufi section under must see activities for more info.

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Mosta Off The Beaten Path

  • Exhibition in the sacristy

    Beside the memorial remembering the bomb that pierced the Rotunda dome during the WW II, in the sacristy is also displayed an interesting collection of old religious and decoration objects: crosses, clocks, paintings and delicately decorated priest clothes.In the sacristy is also a souvenirs shop.

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  • St Mary's statues

    Two huge statues of the Virgin Mary are placed in two closed niches on the sides of the entrance door.These two richly decorated statues are used every year during the public manifestations in the occasion of Assumption of Our Lady feast on August 15.

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  • Dolmen - Bronze Age Period

    Situated in Santa Margerita area , there's two dolmen which date back to the Bronze Age Period in Malta (2500-700 B.C.). Each dolmen consists of two large boulders ( appx 12 feet x 5 feet wide)capped by a third lying on top of the other two forming a sort of ‘table’ construction. The dolmen was used for funerary purposes, as an urn with the ashes...

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Mosta Favorites

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  • Mosta Church (Rotunda)

    Mosta church was much smaller in the past than it is now. Mosta village was very small with a few farmers. But as the village developed, people needed a bigger church. Because destroying the former church and building a new one would took a lot of time, people decided to build a new church round the older one. The new Mosta church was built in...

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  • Replica of the church

    Unless you are serious church buff, you probably won´t need more than 15 minutes to see the Mosta Dome. When you are done viewing of the church, you can sit out front on the steps and watch the comings and goings in the city of real Maltese people:D

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  • Miracle:D

    In 1942 while 300 people were praying in the church a bomb penetrated the dome and landed on the mosaic floor, but did not explode. A replica of the bomb is today displayed in the church sacristy. Pierre whispered to me that its size has been exaggerated.

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Rotunda square
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The entrance
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Santa Maria - 15th August
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Madonna tal -Isperanza - Madonna of Good Hope
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The Mosta Dome
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The miracle of Mosta
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