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Il-Mosta MustaMosta_header_cell_0_0_0

CountryMosta_header_cell_0_1_0 MaltaMosta_cell_0_1_1
RegionMosta_header_cell_0_2_0 Northern RegionMosta_cell_0_2_1
DistrictMosta_header_cell_0_3_0 Northern DistrictMosta_cell_0_3_1
BordersMosta_header_cell_0_4_0 Attard, Lija, Mġarr, Naxxar, Rabat, St. Paul's BayMosta_cell_0_4_1
MayorMosta_header_cell_0_6_0 Romilda Baldacchino Zarb (PL)Mosta_cell_0_6_1
TotalMosta_header_cell_0_8_0 6.8 km (2.6 sq mi)Mosta_cell_0_8_1
Population (Jan. 2019)Mosta_header_cell_0_9_0
TotalMosta_header_cell_0_10_0 20,988Mosta_cell_0_10_1
DensityMosta_header_cell_0_11_0 3,100/km (8,000/sq mi)Mosta_cell_0_11_1
DemonymsMosta_header_cell_0_12_0 Mosti (m), Mostija (f), Mostin (pl)Mosta_cell_0_12_1
Time zoneMosta_header_cell_0_13_0 UTC+1 (CET)Mosta_cell_0_13_1
Summer (DST)Mosta_header_cell_0_14_0 UTC+2 (CEST)Mosta_cell_0_14_1
Postal codeMosta_header_cell_0_15_0 MSTMosta_cell_0_15_1
Dialing codeMosta_header_cell_0_16_0 356Mosta_cell_0_16_1
ISO 3166 codeMosta_header_cell_0_17_0 MT-32Mosta_cell_0_17_1
ZonesMosta_header_cell_0_18_0 Beżbiżija, Blata l-Għolja, Folju, il-Ħanqa, Mosta Technopark, Mount Saint Joseph, San Ġużepp tat-Tarġa, San Pawl Eremita, San Pawl tal-Qlejgħa, San Silvestru, Santa Margerita, (Sgħajtar), L-Isperanza, Ta' Bistra, Ta' Maċedonja, Ta' Mlit, Ta' Redusa, Ta' Srajgu, Ta' Xkora, Tal-Awrora, Taċ-Ċawla, Tad-Daqqaq, Tad-Dib, Tal-Ħanżira, Tal-Qares, Tal-Wata, Tal-Wej, Tas-Sriedek, Tat-Torba, Taż-Żokrija, Tarġa Gap, Wied Ġjananu, Wied il-Għasel.Mosta_cell_0_18_1
Patron saintMosta_header_cell_0_19_0 Assumption of MaryMosta_cell_0_19_1
Day of festaMosta_header_cell_0_20_0 15 AugustMosta_cell_0_20_1
WebsiteMosta_header_cell_0_21_0 Mosta_cell_0_21_1

Mosta (Maltese: Il-Mosta) is a small but densely populated city in the Northern Region of Malta. Mosta_sentence_0

The most prominent building in Mosta is the Rotunda, a large basilica built by its parishioners' volunteer labour. Mosta_sentence_1

It features one of the world's largest unsupported domes, and displays a replica of the World War II bombshell that famously crashed through the dome but did not detonate upon impact. Mosta_sentence_2

Mosta celebrates the parish feast of the Assumption every 15 August. Mosta_sentence_3

Mosta's feast day celebration is popular among both locals and tourists. Mosta_sentence_4

The city is annually decorated by local parishioners and townspeople, seeking to demonstrate their affection for the town and its patron saint, weeks ahead of the public procession. Mosta_sentence_5

General Mosta_section_0

Mosta has been inhabited since pre-history. Mosta_sentence_6

Dolmens in the limits of Mosta are primary evidence of this. Mosta_sentence_7

Each dolmen has two rectangular standing stones and one other similar stone positioned horizontally above the other two. Mosta_sentence_8

As Mosta is at the centre of Malta; buses pass through Mosta on the way to Buġibba, Burmarrad, St. Mosta_sentence_9 Paul's Bay, Qawra, Xemxija, Mġarr, Ċirkewwa, Mellieħa and other places in the North. Mosta_sentence_10

The town has several legends such as The Bride of Mosta (L-Għarusa tal-Mosta), and a number of historic places such as the Victoria Lines and medieval chapels. Mosta_sentence_11

Mosta has its own scouts and girl guides, two band clubs (Nicolo' Isouard and Santa Marija), and two fireworks factories. Mosta_sentence_12

A lot of traffic passes through Constitution Street, one of Mosta's main streets, connecting the South to the North of Malta. Mosta_sentence_13

Places of interest Mosta_section_1

Speranza Chapel Mosta_section_2

An attraction in Mosta is the Speranza Chapel at the Speranza Valley. Mosta_sentence_14

The chapel was built between 1760 and 1761. Mosta_sentence_15

A legend tied to the Chapel recounts that, during a Turkish invasion, a young girl and her sisters taking care of their family's sheep were at risk to be taken by the invaders. Mosta_sentence_16

While the sisters escaped, the young girl could not run fast enough because she limped slightly. Mosta_sentence_17

It is said that she hid in a cave (found under the chapel, on its left side), and meanwhile she prayed to Mary, mother of Jesus, promising that if she were saved, she would build a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. Mosta_sentence_18

When the Turkish invaders chasing her arrived, they didn't look for her in the cave because they thought the girl could not be hiding there as there was an intact web at the entrance, which would have not been so if someone had gone in. Mosta_sentence_19

Marquis Mallia Tabone Farmhouse Mosta_section_3

The Marquis Mallia Tabone Farmhouse is a folklore attraction run by the Talent Mosti philanthropy in collaboration with the adjacent school's council. Mosta_sentence_20

The farmhouse overlooks the valley of Wied il-Ghasel. Mosta_sentence_21

It houses exhibitions varying from paintings, photography, artisan work, hobbies and a permanent folklore museum. Mosta_sentence_22

Cumbo Tower Mosta_section_4

Main article: Cumbo Tower Mosta_sentence_23

The Cumbo Tower is a fortified residence in Mosta. Mosta_sentence_24

St Marija Assunta Basilica Mosta_section_5

Main article: Rotunda of Mosta Mosta_sentence_25

Mosta boasts the third largest unsupported dome in the world. Mosta_sentence_26

The church is dedicated to the Assumption. Mosta_sentence_27

The Feast of the Assumption is held on 15 August and it is a public holiday. Mosta_sentence_28

The church is also known as the Rotunda of St Marija Assunta. Mosta_sentence_29

On 9 April 1942, the church was nearly destroyed during World War II. Mosta_sentence_30

An Axis bomb hit the dome of the church but failed to explode. Mosta_sentence_31

The detonator was removed and a replica bomb is now displayed as a memorial. Mosta_sentence_32

The Rotunda was designed by Giorgio Grognet de Vassé, a French citizen resident of Mosta. Mosta_sentence_33

Mosta residents, at that time totalling not more than 1500, built the church. Mosta_sentence_34

The church took 27 years to complete and resulted in a major attraction. Mosta_sentence_35

Twin cities Mosta_section_6

Mosta has two sister cities: Mosta_sentence_36


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