The Rotunda in Mosta…a Church to Remember
Every Saturday the family hops on a bus and tries to get lost somewhere. This weekend was no exception. We jumped on the bus and landed in Mosta where the Rotunda is.
Mosta…the other place we almost rented was 3 minute walk to the Rotunda. It was fun to finally get to visit the area we almost chose and I’m so thankful that although a beautiful place to be, where we chose is much better aligned with our family. God works in wonderful ways when you stop thinking you know better.
None the less, the Mosta Rotunda is incredible. The history is important on this one. As you may have begun to gather, Malta has been taken over by many different rulers from several different countries until it gained its independence from England. During WWII this particular church was bombed. Hundreds were inside the church celebrating mass at the time. The bomb came through the church but never went off. They consider this very sacred and protected. Here is a photo of the replica of the bomb.
According to Wikipedia: “The Sanctuary Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta or the Mosta Dome, is a Roman Catholic parish church and Minor Basilica in Mosta, Malta, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary.” Also it goes on to describe: “The church narrowly avoided destruction during World War II when on 9 April 1942 a German aerial bomb pierced the dome and fell into the church during Mass, but failed to explode. This event was interpreted by the some Maltese as a miracle, although many bombs failed to explode.” The Rotunda took 28 years to build. It is considered the largest and most popular church in Malta.
The outside is pretty, the inside is better. We paid the 5 Euros for the whole tour which included going up several stairs to see the church from the top, and going under ground to the WWII shelter and inside the church itself, which I took a video of. Here is a photo from the top.
Here is a video of the top of the stairs. This is the view of Malta from the top of the Rotunda. See how packed the buildings are? It’s a very small island, but it just grows upward. Similar to New York City on the Mediterranean.
A quick video of the beginning of the stairs. I didn’t want to bore you with all the stairs so the next video is from the top of them.
Here is a video of the whole experience as best as I was able to do it. The music is played inside the church all day long. It sounds like an angels choir. It makes it all the more magical.
Once we left this area, we went down into the WWII shelter right below the church and to the side of the church. It was really incredible as well.
Some of my favorite photos were of the angels with their names on them. I love so much that the Catholic church places a lot of awareness and respect to the angels and the saints. This does not take away from the reverence and understanding of Mary and Jesus, but it does let us know that it always takes a village. Whether it’s here on earth or in the Heavens, it always takes a village and we are never operating alone.
The walk away from the ground floor of the church
Stick with my blog and I’ll keep visiting these incredible places. Also, wherever you are in the world and the chaos that is absolutely surrounding us all, go into these places with me and feel the hundreds to thousands of years of prayer that has been put into these walls. Know that you are not alone. You never were. You never will be. Gods always got this.