The Sanctuary Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady (Maltese: Santwarju Bażilika ta' Santa Marija), commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta (Maltese: Ir-Rotunda tal-Mosta) or the Mosta Dome, is a Roman Catholic parish church and Minor Basilica in Mosta, Malta, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. It was built between 1833 and the 1860s to neoclassical designs of Giorgio Grognet de Vassé, on the site of an earlier Renaissance church which had been built in around 1614 to designs of Tommaso Dingli.
The design of the present church is based on the Pantheon in Rome, has the third largest unsupported dome in the world and is Malta's largest and most famous church. The church narrowly avoided destruction during World War II when on 9 April 1942 a German aerial bomb pierced the dome and fell into the church during Mass, but failed to explode. This event was interpreted by the Maltese as a miracle, although many bombs failed to explode.
|Monday||9:00 – 11:45 AM, 3:00 – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 – 11:45 AM, 3:00 – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 – 11:45 AM, 3:00 – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 – 11:45 AM, 3:00 – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 – 11:45 AM, 3:00 – 5:00 PM|
Karen Corden | Feb 14, 2018
Stunning is the only words I spent 2 hours here. Taking lots of pictures. So ornate and such colours. We went the day after a festival so lots of extra statues around. Wish I had gone on the festival day and fireworks but the church itsself is worth visiting on any day. They do like your shoulders covered men and woman. They have some wraps if needed. Deffinately worth a visit.
Ian Chamberlain | Dec 14, 2017
Stunning.People told me i ought to visit.It does feel strange taking photographs in a church.To be truthful the last time i prayed was the night before the first gulf war started.i sat on a box and sang abide with me as i sat alone and looked at the stars.I always think of a mate of mine when i visit a church.His name was John,Royal Marines Commando,and sadly he's joined the ranks of the absent friends.I lit a candle,and said a few words and cut on.The church is pretty and when i was there was full of coach parties.If you are into such things i say go and take a look.
Damien Davis | Jan 21, 2018
Beautiful building, lovely history. Just feels like a tourist trap with no really feeling inside the place. I like to visit fro. Time to time, but I avoid anyone selling things.
david murray | Feb 21, 2018
A nice visit architecture is spectacular, but make sure you check opening times as they vary
Aleksandra Kapsimalova | Jan 30, 2018
The Rotunda itself is impressive, worth to see for sure but there is not much to see anything else in the area beside that, few shops and 1-2 cafes
Enrico Marcolin | Mar 11, 2018
Very interesting as it's the third largest dome in Europe. The building is finely decorated and allows free of charge access, which is something good as you pay for entry in most places in Malta.
Partha Das | Mar 14, 2018
The Parish Church of the Assumption commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta or the Mosta Dome, is a Roman Catholic parish church in Mosta, Malta, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. It was built between 1833 and the 1860s to neoclassical designs of Giorgio Grognet deVassé.It's structure is based on the Pantheon in Rome. It's facade has a porticowith six Ionic columns, which is flanked by two bell towers. It is said to have the fourth largest unsupported dome in the world. The church narrowly avoided destruction during World War II, since on 9 April 1942 a German aerial bomb pierced the dome and fell into the church during Mass but failed to explode. This event was interpreted by the Maltese as a miracle.
Lynda Bone | Apr 23, 2018
Possibly the most beautiful building I've ever seen.
Kathryn Hiatt | May 30, 2018
Going into this church is lovely, the various altars around the walls and the main one are truely beautiful. If you look carefully you can make out where the bomb came through the dorm. Incredible
Gatto Uno | May 11, 2018
The church is functional and has a beautifully light and spacious feel about it. A lovely place to visit and spend some time. The church's history is fascinating including the Second World War with being hit by bombs. The bombs went through the centre of the dome right into the middle of building and didn't detonate. It's the miracle of Mosta.
Raluca Repta | May 30, 2018
Impressive Catholic church in the center of Mosta. Nice architecture and paintings. It's fully functional also allowing touristic visits.
Alaina Rydzewski | May 19, 2018
Beautiful church. Only 2€ entrance fee. Replica of a bomb that hit the church without exploding.
Louis Cecile | Jul 20, 2018
The Rotunda or Mosta Dome as it is known for pick-ups is the miracle church that survived the bombings during World War 2. A big focal point for Mosta is a beautiful church that has an amazing colourful entrance to the altar. Entrance is available after the masses have finished at 12 to not disturb the ceremony. There is a fee of 2 euros to pay to visit and donation boxes scattered across the church. A very bright church with fantastic art and colours on display. You can visit the back area around the church for more history. You can spend around 30 minutes exploring to see all that is on offer and it is worth the visit. Strangely there are some out of place lights on the top of the church at night sometimes that seem out of place, but this is the only thing to deter its allure.
Skippy | Jul 12, 2018
Well worth the 2 euro fee to get in! The sights if you aren't a churchy person are something to behold the sheer size and grandure of the Rotunda are simply stunning inside
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