Mosta Dome

A round church with a round roof.

Älgbert Elgson

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The Rotunda, a round church, is located in the small town of Mosta in Malta and was inaugurated in 1860. The Maltese architect Giorgio Grognet de Vassé was strongly inspired by the style of the Pantheon in Rome.

During the Second World War, the church was hit directly by a German aerial bomb which broke through the dome and remained on the floor without detonating. None of the 300 people in the church were seriously injured and therefore considered a miracle. The original of the defused bomb is in the War Museum of Valletta. A copy can be seen in the sacristy of the Rotunda.

The front faces south and has square steeples on both sides. The dome is said to be the fourth largest cantilevered church dome in the world and has an inside diameter of just under 36 meters.

The church is decorated in blue, gold and white. Another special feature is that all paintings and statues come from Maltese artists.

Right next to the Rotunda is also a small air raid shelter.
The entrance ticket for this can be bought in the church building.
Basically, admission to the church is free. Only the ascent to the dome costs.

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The church is impressive. Regarding her size, design and architecture. But she is not alone in Malta with these qualities. Many of the larger churches are more comparable to Central European cathedrals than to simple city churches.
You don’t really heve to ascent to the dome gallery. You can see from below as much as from above. Even a panoramic view over Mosta was not possible. Here we recommend driving to the nearby former capital of Malta. In Mdina you clearly have a better view over the surrounding area.
Similarly, the small exhibition in the adjacent air-raid shelter is quite nice, but not something you have to look at extra.

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