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.
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.
The church walls are also very ornate and intricate