Bus numbers 42, 48 from Valletta
Mosta is a town located in central Malta, occupying an area of 6.8km2 and around 19,200 inhabitants, making it one of the largest towns on the island. Mosta is very famous for its Rotunda church that has a huge dome. The surroundings of Mosta are fertile agricultural land and the villages of Naxxar, Rabat, Burmarrad and Lija. Mosta is located on the main route that goes from Valletta to Cirkewwa in the north and therefore experiences heavy daily traffic flows, especially on Constitution Street. Mosta is continually developing and new houses are built on a daily basis. The business community is very active and prosperous, and because of this the town’s population is ever growing.
A very popular feast among the locals as well as the tourists is the feast of Saint Mary the Assumption, celebrated on the 15th August. This day is a public holiday and is celebrated with lots of music, food and fireworks and it is well worth a visit.
Things to see and do:
Mosta Dome: The main attraction in Mosta is the Mosta Dome or the Rotunda, which is the third largest unsupported dome in the whole World with an internal diameter of 37.2 metres and walls nearly 9.1 metres (30 ft.) thick.
Malta Aviation Museum: Malta Aviation Museum is located on the outskirts of Mosta, at the ex RAF Ta' Qali Airfield. Exhibits are housed in two, 200Ft long Romney Huts and a larger hangar dedicated to the Air Battle of Malta.
Cumbo Tower: The Cumbo Tower was the stronghold of Mosta in the middle Ages. Today it belongs to the Contessa Preziosi, the daughter of the late Barone della Quleja.
Speranza Chapel: The Speranza Chapel ('Speranza' meaning 'hope') is another attraction with a magnificent legend to it. It is said that during the 18th century when the Turkish invaded Malta, a young little girl and her sister were caring for their family’s sheep. The older sister managed to escape from the Turks; however the little sister had a limp and could not run fast. She hid in the cave located under the chapel and prayed to Our Lady to help her. Our Lady then immediately intervened and had a spider weave its web over the opening of the cave making it impossible for the Turkish invaders to spot her.
Farmhouse of the Marquis Mallia Tabone: This historical farmhouse is run by the Philanthropic Society ‘Talent Mosti’ in collaboration with the adjacent school's council. The farmhouse overlooking the valley of Wied il-Ghasel in Mosta was the property of the noble family of the Marquis Mallia Tabone. Today it is used to host exhibitions held during the year.
Ta’ Bistra Catacombs: An extensive network of first century early Christian catacombs in the area known as il-Bisbezija. You will find the catacombs close to Targa Gap with individual entrances from the face of the ridge overlooking St.Paul's Bay. There are 16 groups of chambers with the first one being the largest.