Friday, February 26, 2010
Mosta - Malta
the Mosta church /dome
replica of the bomb
the dome as seen from the inside
the church from the inside
Church of St.Mary, Mosta (northern part of the island). Dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and built between 1830's and 1860's the Rotunda was designed by Maltese architect Giorgio de Vasse. The church was built around and over the existing one which then was demolished. The size of it 's dome stands at 40 meters in diameter.
In 1942 during world war 2, the church took a direct hit from a German bomb while more than 300 people were congregated inside for Mass. The bomb pierced the dome and fell to the ground with a bounce but failed to explode. The event has become legendary and is regarded as a miracle. A replica of the 200kg bomb can be seen in the sacristy.