Mosta (Maltese: Il-Mosta) is a small but densely populated city in the Northern Region of Malta. The most prominent building in Mosta is the Rotunda, a large basilica built by its parishioners' volunteer labour. It features one of the world's largest unsupported domes, and displays a replica of the World War II bombshell that famously crashed through the dome but did not detonate upon impact.
Mosta celebrates the parish feast of the Assumption every 15 August. Mosta's feast day celebration is popular among both locals and tourists. The city is annually decorated by local parishioners and townspeople, seeking to demonstrate their affection for the town and its patron saint, weeks ahead of the public procession.
Mosta has been inhabited since pre-history. Dolmens in the limits of Mosta are primary evidence of this. Each dolmen has two rectangular standing stones and one other similar stone positioned horizontally above the other two.
Mosta has its own scouts and girl guides, two band clubs (Nicolo' Isouard and Santa Marija), and two fireworks factories. A lot of traffic passes through Constitution Street, one of Mosta's main streets, connecting the South to the North of Malta.
Places of interestEdit
An attraction in Mosta is the Speranza Chapel at the Speranza Valley. The chapel was built between 1760 and 1761. A legend tied to the Chapel recounts that, during a Turkish invasion, a young girl and her sisters taking care of their family's sheep were at risk to be taken by the invaders. While the sisters escaped, the young girl could not run fast enough because she limped slightly. It is said that she hid in a cave (found under the chapel, on its left side), and meanwhile she prayed to Mary, mother of Jesus, promising that if she were saved, she would build a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. When the Turkish invaders chasing her arrived, they didn't look for her in the cave because they thought the girl could not be hiding there as there was an intact web at the entrance, which would have not been so if someone had gone in.
Marquis Mallia Tabone FarmhouseEdit
The Marquis Mallia Tabone Farmhouse is a folklore attraction run by the Talent Mosti philanthropy in collaboration with the adjacent school's council. The farmhouse overlooks the valley of Wied il-Ghasel. It houses exhibitions varying from paintings, photography, artisan work, hobbies and a permanent folklore museum.
St Marija Assunta BasilicaEdit
Mosta boasts the third largest unsupported dome in the world. The church is dedicated to the Assumption. The Feast of the Assumption is held on 15 August and it is a public holiday. The church is also known as the Rotunda of St Marija Assunta. On 9 April 1942, the church was nearly destroyed during World War II. An Axis bomb hit the dome of the church but failed to explode. The detonator was removed and a replica bomb is now displayed as a memorial.
The Rotunda was designed by Giorgio Grognet de Vassé, a French citizen resident of Mosta. Mosta residents, at that time totalling not more than 1500, built the church. The church took 27 years to complete and resulted in a major attraction.
Mosta has two sister cities:
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