Mosta is a small but densely populated city in the central region of Malta. The city has been inhabited since pre-history. Dolmens in the limits of Mosta are primary evidence of this.
The most prominent building in Mosta is the Rotunda, a large basilica built by its parishioners’ volunteer labor in the 18th Century. It features one of the world’s largest unsupported domes and displays a replica of the World War II bombshell that famously crashed through the dome but did not detonate upon impact.
Interesting facts about Mosta
The Rotunda became known during World War II, when a dropped bomb failed to explode, thus sparing the lives of around 300 people. In total, three bombs were dropped on the church – two deflected without exploding, and one went through the ceiling. A close replica is displayed in the sacristy.
The interior is also stunning, painted blue, gold, and white and decorated with rich colors and stunning statues, stucco moldings, and gilded and decorative elements.
There are also eight niches and a bay containing the main entrance and a deep apse that includes the main altar. Not a sight to miss if you enjoy viewing beautiful art and architecture!