It’s pretty and imposing to look at but trust me, you don’t want to be sleeping next to it. Read on for an insider’s opinion about Mosta’s landmark church: The Rotunda.
The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, known as the Rotunda of Mosta or quite plainly, the Mosta Dome, is one of the many Roman Catholic churches on the island of Malta. It belongs to the league of largest unsupported domes in the world and to my chagrin, it’s got bells on it too.
The dome was built in the 19th century based on the designs of architect Giorgio Grognet de Vassé, who in turn, based his on those of the Pantheon in Rome.
During WWII, a Luftwaffe bomb pierced the dome and fell into the church. However, it did not explode. Legend has it that upon opening the bomb to defuse it, it was found filled with sand. It also contained a note saying: Greetings from the workers at Škoda Works in Plzeň.
As you might have noticed, I enjoy taking photos of the Mosta Dome, it’s huge and lends itself easily to lomographic shots, mostly because of its size and because it’s so well lit due to the fact that no building matching its scale can be found anywhere in the vicinity.
What I don’t like about the Mosta Dome is the bell-ringing. It happens something like every 15 minutes and when you live under 5 minutes away, it can become really annoying, especially at night when you’re trying to get some sleep or in the morning at 9am on Sunday when I swear, the bells toll for half an hour straight.
It’s not pleasant, but you learn to live with it. Then again, I guess that applies to many things when you live on a small island with over 400,000 people on it.