Mosta Rotunda

The Rotunda (or Church of St. Mary) is a magnificent domed church in Mosta, central Malta.

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History of Mosta Rotunda

Dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and built between the 1830s and 1860s, the Rotunda was designed by Maltese architect Giorgio de Vasse. In a rather revolutionary move, the church was built over and around the existing one, which was then demolished.

In 1942 during World War II, the church took a direct hit from a German bomb while more than 300 people were congregated inside for Mass. The bomb pierced the dome and fell to the ground with a bounce, but failed to explode.

The army took the bomb outside and diffused it, and no one was hurt. The event has become legendary, with many regarding it as a miracle. A replica of the 200kg bomb can be seen in the sacristy.

What to See at Mosta Rotunda

The massive dome of the Rotunda (40 meters in diameter) is claimed to be the third-largest church dome in Europe - superseded only by St Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Its design is closely based on the dome of the Pantheon in Rome.

Quick Facts on Mosta Rotunda

Site Information
Names:Church of the Assumption of Our Lady · Mosta Dome · Mosta Rotunda · Rotunda of Mosta · Rotunda of St Marija Assunta
Country:Malta
Categories:churches; round buildings; rotundas
Dedication: Virgin Mary
Dates:1833-71
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:35.910117° N, 14.425993° E
Address:Mosta, Malta
Lodging:View hotels near Mosta Rotunda
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

References

  1. St. Mary's Church (Mosta Rotunda) - Visit Malta

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