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St. Mary’s Church

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Malta.

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More than just a pretty face or façade, this church bore witness to a real, honest to you know who, miracle when it was hit by a bomb in the Second World War while more than 300 people were inside at prayer and the bomb failed to detonate, landing squarely on the mosaic tiles - killing zero. That was enough to convert a lot of people in these parts and there’s a replica of the 200kg bomb now on display in the sacristy as a reminder, displayed with some photos taken at the time.

The bomb was launched squarely at the beautiful, rotunda style dome of the church which gives it the look of a hybrid between a Roman circus and a Greek temple, and though it pierced the dome it must have been slowed down by the unique 40m shape. It’s claimed to be Europe’s third largest church dome.

Built in the 19th Century over the previous church by local hands and taking 27 years to complete, it was painted by local artists who painted images from the life of Christ taking their inspiration for the details from the faces they saw round town.

The twelve apostles guard the outside of the church. Successfully, obviously.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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