As one of the largest unsupported domes in the world, not only is the architecture impressive but the history of the Mosta Dome is as well. While deflecting multiple bombs from the Germans and falling prey to one that miraculously never exploded, this church saved the lives of the thousands of people taking refuge in it. Understanding its story, I knew I couldn’t leave Malta without visiting the site where this miracle occurred. Here is a look at how I explored this wonder piece by piece.

From The Outside

Although everyone must begin their visit from the Rotunda square outside of the Mosta Dome, I spent a lot of time here to really take it in. I made a photography session of the amazing structure, hitting all of the best angles. Actually, I came back to this spot at various times of day to catch it in ideal natural lighting. Other subjects of my pictures included the canon, some surrounding statues and even the other people gazing in amazement at the sight when first encountering it.

From Above

The Mosta Dome can be seen from almost anywhere in the city so of course I wanted to find a photo opportunity to capture its strong presence. I spent one day exploring the city just to find the highest point to take a picture from. The bell towers and the dome met the sky in a picture perfect scene. It was well worth it just to capture how immense and striking it is amongst the town.

The Entrance

When finally entering the church, it was difficult for me to even get past the doorway because of the intricate artwork. The entrance is adorned with columns similar to Roman architecture and sculptures make a fantastic welcoming scene to visitors.

Visiting The Bomb

Inside the church is a replica of the famous bomb that never went off. Seeing it along with the pictures of the original were the perfect touch for reminding me of the significance of the building where I stood. It made me take another look around and remember all of the lives that were saved there.

The Interior

Just as lovely as the outside, the interior was captivating in a different way. I appreciated the wooden pulpit and the sculpted bronze that framed its shape. The altar was furnished in white stone and gold and I took the time to study the paintings that surrounded it. The paintings may have been my favourite part of the building as I felt like I was not only visiting the church, but and art museum as well. The building hosted various chapels, all dedicated to a different saint and adorned in carvings and beautiful paintings as well. The most exciting site of them all however was the inside of the dome. The golden panels and patterns were amazing and difficult to capture in a photograph. I tried my best and left with some pretty fantastic shots of its beauty.

Visiting the Mosta Dome while traveling through Malta was a treat. I left with some amazing photos and memories of the way I felt in a place of miracles.
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