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Rotunda (Church of St. Mary), Mosta

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Learn about the German bomb that pierced the dome of Rotunda (Church of St. Mary) during World War II and failed to explode, sparing the lives of hundreds of people. See a replica of the 200 kg (660 lb) bomb in the church, which was designed by Maltese architect Giorgio de Vasse and built between the 1830s and 1860s. View the intricate carvings within the church and admire the third-largest church dome in Europe, closely based on the dome of the Pantheon in Rome. Remember to wear clothing that covers your shoulders before you enter the church, or borrow one of the scarves available at the door. The church has varying hours, so be sure to check opening hours online prior to your visit. To visit Rotunda (Church of St. Mary) on your trip to Mosta, use our Mosta tourist route planner.
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  • We were told to visit here and we're pleased we took their advice. The church is absolutely beautiful inside and holds as it's greatest fame a replica of the bomb that fell upon the church during WWII...  more »
  • An easy journey on Bus No 47 from Valletta. Even by 9.30 am two coachloads had arrived. The cleaners in the church (volunteers) had to contend with some visitors trying to go where they shouldn't and ...  more »
  • Malta is certainly filled with beautifully ornate churches however The Rotunda in Mosta is definitely one not to miss. Whilst there have a look at the bomb from WW2 that landed inside the church and w...  more »