Mosta: the town in the middle of Malta with its famous Rotunda church


Mosta is a town in the Northern Region of Malta, to the north-west of Valletta. The most famous building in Mosta is the Rotunda, a large church with the third largest unsupported dome in the world.

The surroundings of Mosta are fertile agricultural land and the villages of Naxxar, Rabat, Burmarrad and Lija.

Mosta is continually developing and new houses are built on a daily basis. The business community is very active and prosperous, and because of this the town’s population is ever growing.

A very popular feast among the locals as well as the tourists is the feast of Saint Mary the Assumption, celebrated on the 15th August. This day is a public holiday and is celebrated with lots of music, food and fireworks and it is well worth a visit.

Mosta: things to do and see

  • Mosta Dome: The main attraction in Mosta is the Mosta Dome or the Rotunda, which is the third largest unsupported dome in the whole World with an internal diameter of 37.2 metres and walls nearly 9.1 metres (30 ft.) thick.
  • Malta aviation museum: Malta Aviation Museum is located on the outskirts of Mosta, at the ex RAF Ta’ Qali Airfield. Exhibits are housed in two, 200Ft long Romney Huts and a larger hangar dedicated to the Air Battle of Malta.
  • Cumbo Tower: The Cumbo Tower was the stronghold of Mosta in the middle Ages. Today it belongs to the Contessa Preziosi.
  • Speranza Chapel: Speranza Chapel is situated at the Speranza Valley. Speranza Chapel is another attraction with a magnificent legend to it. It is said that during the 18th century when the Turkish invaded Malta, a young little girl and her sister were caring for their family’s sheep. The older sister managed to escape from the Turks; however the little sister had a limp and could not run fast. She hid in the cave located under the chapel and prayed to Our Lady to help her. She promised that if she saved her, 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 went in.
  • Ta’ Bistra Catacombs: An extensive network of first century early Christian catacombs in the area. You will find the catacombs close to Targa Gap with individual entrances from the face of the ridge overlooking St Paul’s Bay. There are 16 groups of chambers with the first one being the largest.


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