Weekly Photo Challenge : Intricate

Mosta Church in Malta is one of the many very ornate Baroque churches scattered all over the island.   This church is a major tourist attraction because of its dome, which is the third largest unsupported dome in Europe.   The design is very intricate, as you will see, and must have taken a long time to construct.

Mosta Dome

Mosta Dome

The dome is also famous for another reason –

On April 9, 1942, during an afternoon air-raid, a SC500 kg general purpose Luftwaffe bomb pierced the dome (one 50 kg bomb bounced off) and fell among a congregation of more than 300 people awaiting early evening mass. It did not explode. The same type of bomb as pierced the dome is now on display ( the original was dumped at sea) at the back of the church in the Sacristy.

2015-02-21 10.50.14The church walls are also very ornate and intricate

2015-02-21 10.48.54

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sonyaliraphotography
    May 03, 2015 @ 21:21:13

    Lovely picture.

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  2. Tina Schell
    May 03, 2015 @ 21:39:25

    Wow, that’s an amazing story! But why wasn’t the dome destroyed when the bomb fell thru it????

    Liked by 1 person


  3. aj vosse
    May 16, 2015 @ 09:16:55


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