"Mosta Dome/Parish church" Mosta Things to Do Tip by mickeyboy07

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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 bomb pierced the dome (the other two bounced off) and fell amoung a congregation of 300 or more awaiting early evening mass.It did not explode.A replica of the bomb is now on display in the sacristy,where the gift shop is.
Two years after the end of WWII the German pilot who dropped the bomb came to Mosta to apologise for his actions during the campaign,he was forgiven by the locals.
Opening times:Mon to Sat-09.00 till 11.00 and 15.00 till 17.00,admission is free.
Many buses travel to Mosta from Valletta,numbers-43,47,49 and 52

Address: Pjazza Rotunda,Mosta,Malta
Phone: 356 2143 3826
Website: http://www.topsightseeing.com/malta/mostadome

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  • Written Apr 7, 2013
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