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Mosta Dome

The church "The Mosta Dome" is dedicated to Maria Ascension and was built around 1614 based on the design of Renaissance architect Tommaso Dingli.

The church was enlarged in May 1833 according to a neoclassical design by Giorgio Grognet de Vassé, based on the Pantheon in Rome.

The church was built around / over the old church and was in normal use during the construction of 28 years. The old church was then demolished in 1860.

On April 9, 1942 at about 4:40 PM, the Luftwaffe dropped three bombs on the church. Two bombs deflected and a third pierced the dome.

At that time there were more than 300 people in the church waiting for the early evening mass. The bomb landed in the middle of the people. None of the three bombs exploded.

The bombs were defused by the explosives service. This event is interpreted as a miracle. A replica of the bomb can be seen in the church.

The circular walls are 9.1 meters thick to support the dome with a diameter of more than 37 meters.

The dome of this church was once the largest in the world and is now in 3rd place.

The church also has an air-raid shelter.

The dome can be seen from many locations on the island.
Inside onverview of the church
Bomb of the Mosta Dome
Mosta Dome air raid shelter
Opening hours
Monday - Friday
9:30 - 17:00
9.30 - 16.30
12:00 - 176:00

Last admission
Advice 30 minutes before closing
On special occasions
Ticket / admission fee

€ 2.00
There is additional access to additional rooms, shelter and the roof for an additional fee.
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Mondays and Friday
6;30 - 7:30 - 8:30 - 18:30
17:00 - 18:30
6:00 - 7:00 - 8:00 - 9:30 - 11:00 - 17:30 - 19:00
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