Churches in Malta
The Mosta Dome is the third largest unsupported dome in the world. The Church is dedicated to the Asumption of the Virgin Mary, or known as the Rotunda of Sta Marija Assunta. The dome was designed by a Maltese Architect Giorgio de Vasse, built between 1830s to 1860s. It was nearly destroyed during the Second World War, when a bomb pierced through the ceiling while there was a congregation of about 300 people inside. The bomb did not explode which is why many locals think it was a miracle bomb. For safety reasons, the original bomb was diffused and a replica has been placed in the sacristy, in memory of the event. It is also one of the churches that organise Good Friday processions during Easter to celebrate the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, with statues and live characters.
St Paul’s Cathedral, Mdina
One can see St. Paul’s Cathedral while visiting the “Silent City”, Mdina. The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Paul, which dates back to the late 17th Century. The cathedral also features a painting depicting the Conversion of St. Paul by Mattia Preti. The original 900-year old door carved of Irish Bogwood serves as the door to the Cathedral’s Sacristy. The marble pavement includes tombstones of Mdina bishops of the past.
St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta
One of the oldest Churches in Valletta is dedicated to St. Paul’s Shipwreck. It is even more fascinating as it dates back to 1577, while Valletta was being built. The church features St. Paul’s right wrist bone in memory of where the poisonous snake bit him. On the 10th February, the feast is celebrated in Malta in memory of St. Paul who converted the Maltese into Christianity. In fact the Story of St. Paul’s Shipwreck is in the Bible’s New testament under the Acts of the Apostles.
St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta
On visiting Valletta, it is one of the many sites visitors must see. The Cathedral is dedicated to St. John, it is where the knights celebrated their religious faith. The Grand Master La Vallette, the founder of the Capital City lies in the crypt. St. John’s Cathedral is full of Baroque art and architecture, several Grand masters and knights donated gifts with the best works of art. Today, the church still stands in all its glory and magnificence, a sacred place.
Sanctuary of Our Lady, Mellieha
The Sanctuary of Our Lady in Mellieha, was originally a natural cave. The Byzantine frescoes of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus in her right arm is said to have been painted by St. Luke who was with St. Paul when shipwrecked in Malta. Due to the increasing Mellieha population the Sanctuary was modified internally on several occasions. The great devotion the Maltese had towards Our lady are shown with gifts and pledges for the miracles that took place and are all displayed in the Sacristy.