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Spotlight on: Mosta

Spotlight on: Mosta

The town of Mosta is located in the northern region of Malta. With a population of over 17,000, Mosta is highly acclaimed by locals and tourists around for retaining its traditional village essence. Mosta’s long-established rich history reverts to the village core that is the main church, an outstanding Dome dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady. Interestingly enough, Mosta celebrates the parish feast of the Assumption on the 15 of August, among the other six villages such as Mqabba & Attard, that honour the same feast of ‘Santa Marija’ on the same date. The feast of Saint Mary is unequivocally one of the most sought-after feasts in Malta, attracting thousands of tourists and locals to watch in awe as the fireworks trace the sky and the mechanical ground fireworks dazzle the surrounding streets.

Mosta is one of the most ancient villages in Malta, having been inhabited since pre-history. Findings such as archaeological sites including the Wied Filep dolmen, the dolmen located in Santa Margerita, and the five pairs of cart ruts near Fort Mosta underline the civilised antiquity of Mosta. In the Middle Ages, Mosta was a relatively tiny hamlet, with just a couple of hundred inhabitants, adjacent to other tiny hamlets like Raħal Kircipulli, Raħal Sir, Raħal Calleja, Raħal Ħobla, Raħal Brabar and Raħal Dimech. These minute villages eventually shrivelled, with Mosta capitalising and taking over as the main primary village. However, Mosta to this day is still split up in various zones that encase the quaint village. These include Iż-Żokrija, Santa Margerita, Is-Sgħajtar , Tal-Blata l-Għolja, and Ta’ Mlit.

The third-largest village in Malta is definitely a hot spot for local activities. The main square is glutted with amenities such as the town’s local council, post office, bank branches, and numerous cafeterias where visitors can unwind, drink a cup of hot coffee, and bask in the panorama of the dome. There are also Pastizzerias to assuage your sweet tooth with a local imqaret or a crispy pastizz to curb your hunger. Mostin (the term used to refer to inhabitants of Mosta) are extremely friendly, welcoming tourists to their homey yet fruitful village.
Mosta is home to an array of landmarks, sightseeing locations, and other places of interest. From the aviation museum, the Speranza Chapel, Ta’ Bistra catacombs, Cumbo Tower, Wied il-Ghasel, and the lion monument in the Rotunda Square, Mosta is surely a town worth visiting!

Things to see in mosta

mosta dome

The Sanctuary Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady or the ‘Mosta Dome’, is undeniably one of the most famous parish churches in Malta. The third-largest unsupported dome in the world, Mosta Dome is a feast for the eyes, with a façade embellished with a portico that holds six ionic columns, and two bell towers. Fundamentally, the neoclassical style church was heavily influenced the Rome’s Pantheon.

Wied il-Għasel

Wied il-Għasel (translated to ‘Valley of Honey’) is a lush valley lined with enchanting caves and a rich atmosphere that takes the visitor back to the Middle Ages. The Chapel of St Paul the Hermit is located in one of the caves while the Maltese Victoria lines tread across the valley. Wied il-Għasel’s prosperous flora and its natural botanical characteristics make it the perfect location for hikers to revel in the beauty of Mosta’s surroundings.

Mosta Bride garden

This minute yet vibrant garden is situated on the outskirts of Mosta. Mosta Bride Garden ( or ‘Ġnien l-Għarusa tal-Mosta’) offers visitors an arresting view of the nearby villages of Bidnija, Burmarrad, and Wardija. Inaugurated in 1975, the Mosta Bride Garden has amenities such as access ramps, a playing area for children, a gazebo area, and a spacious car park for easy access. The name of the garden stems from a famous legend – that of the Mosta bride.

Ta’ Bistra Catacombs

These are the largest accessible set of catacombs in the Maltese archipelago. Theyare part of an intricate system of Christian tombs, all with their respective entrances. This entails groups of hypogea buried close to each other for a particular purpose, such as burials. First recorded in the 19th century, the catacombs are now part of three EU-funded projects to conserve and protect the heritage sit