One of the most impressive structures which I have seen on Malta was the Rotunda of Mosta. It reminded me very much the Pantheon in Rome and it is because it was indeed based on that church. Sadly I had the façade in the shadow and I was in hurry not having enough time to find a nice POV or compose well but I am glad I could at least produce a postcard like view of this unique piece of architecture.
The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta or Rotunda of St Marija Assunta (sometimes shortened to as The Mosta Dome) is a Roman Catholic church in Mosta, Malta. It is the fourth largest unsupported dome in the world and the third largest in Europe.
Built in the 19th century on the site of a previous church, it was designed by the Maltese architect Giorgio Grognet de Vassé. Its dome is among the largest in the world, with an internal diameter of 37.2 metres (122 ft). The rotunda walls are nearly 9.1 metres (30 ft) thick. The rotunda dome is the third-largest church dome in Europe and the ninth largest in the world.
Grongnet's plans were based on the Pantheon in Rome. Construction began in May 1833 and was completed in the 1860s. The original church was left in place while the Rotunda was built around it, allowing the local people to have a place of worship while the new church was being built. The church was officially consecrated the 15 October 1871.
On April 9, 1942, during an afternoon air-raid, a 200 kg Luftwaffe bomb pierced the dome (two others bounced off) and fell among a congregation of more than 300 people awaiting early evening mass. It did not explode. Its replica is now on display inside the rotunda under the words Il-Miraklu tal-Bomba, 9 ta' April 1942
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npecanhuk (75696) 2014-03-13 2:31
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
sandpiper (6788) 2014-03-13 2:36
It is indeed a fine piece of architecture. A great post card view on a sunny day with few people about. Good composition.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-13 2:56
jaki ladny budynek z bardzo finezyjnymi dekoracjami, ktore wrecz przypominaja koronke. Swietna ostrosc i swiatlo. Wszystko utrzymane w zywych i dobrze nasyconych kolorach.
Royaldevon (41032) 2014-03-13 2:56
Good Morning Mariusz,
The shadow has not spoilt your shot of this very beautiful building. The shape, the architectural features and the ornate decoration are all perfectly clear. The parked cars help to clarify the scale as, surprisingly, there are no figures in your shot. I suppose you waited until there were no distractions.
Have a great day,
lousat (94770) 2014-03-13 3:45
Hi Mariusz,you have raison,this architechture is unique and fantastic,remember a bit Rome but there is some oriental and orthodox into its style.A great capture,perfect exposed in the difficult backlight,very bright detail and colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-13 3:58
faktycznie,architektura robi wrazenie zarowno swoim rozmiarem,jak i licznymi zdobieniami.
Bylem tam nieco ponad dwa miesiace po tobie i tym bardziej doceniam to zdjecie(podczas mojej wizyty bylo niemozliwe zrobienie takiego ujecie bez chociazby jednego autokaru czy samochodu:)
Swietny kadr i perspektywa oddajaca piekno tego kosciola.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-13 4:55
ciekawa architektura tego kosciola,ladnie kontrastuje na tle niebieskiego nieba,pozdrawiam
Sergiom (84489) 2014-03-13 5:01
Quel beau bâtiment. L'architecture des des plus intéressante et la belle couleur rose ressort très bien sur ce fond de ciel d'un bleu très pur. Le point de vue pour le mettre en valeur est superbe.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-13 6:36
visiting this place leaves a lasting impression on you, and this shot captures the magnificence and presence of this beautiful building perfectly. Awesome!
adramad (47690) 2014-03-13 9:06
Superb POV, showing us this great building perfectly, really very original, with the temple in round shape and that great neo-classical portico added another curiosity and those high towers, a ecleptico style.
Nice color, in these natural tones.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are great.
Well taken photo. I Like
Enjoy a nice day.
danos (100876) 2014-03-13 10:13
a really spectacular image from the Rotunda of Mosta as we see it through your very wide lens.
I like the details,the clarity as enhanced from the brilliant light and the vivid colours of the day.Impressive building with its architectural style to be unique.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-13 11:54
Hello Mariusz - A beautiful structure and you have captured the architectural and decorative details admirably. The peachy-pink stone is nicely lit and looks perfect against the soft blue sky. I notice the two clocks, they both show a different time, I wonder why?
An attractive image.
Noel_Byrne (32536) 2014-03-13 12:07
I don't think the slight shadow on the façade is a negative at all, I think it compliments the brighter left side really well, and makes for excellent contrast. And what a structure! I can safely say I have never seen its like before. Classically beautiful with the Pantheon style rotunda, while renaissance impressive with this epic portico and towers. I had never heard of this before, I am very glad to learn of it.
Thanks as always
Periko (5942) 2014-03-13 16:57
Really an impressive building. The light is not so bad and the viewpoint is good.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-03-14 16:36
Reading and not understanding some comments, it seems TE is a place from people from Poland?
After reading your note, must said you obtained a great POV to watch both, facade and side of this interesting building, avoiding at the same time people and cars
Simililar to some italian ones (Roma panteon) with a touch of oriental, like some buildings in Palermo
Atacama, Uyuni and Salinas Grandes (salt flats)are the three * of the NW of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, all close enought , good idea for some time in the future
Sonata11 (33969) 2014-03-14 20:49
przepiekna architektura przepieknie pokazana w calej okazalosci. Sliczna kolorystyka, ostrosc, swiatlo, doskonala czystosc obrazu. Slicznie wykonane zdjecie jak zawsze. Super praca. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam i zycze milego WE,
abmdsudi (56344) 2014-03-15 4:59
Malta seems to be a heaven for photographers, for an island so small, its full of history and character and of course its wonderful architectures is admirable This looks aesthetically so pleasing full of great details and the traditional colour, where the fine weather makes this standout even more. The clean blue sky finishes off so superbly. Fine photo effort and tx for sharing. Congrats
Graal (103036) 2014-03-15 10:38
piekne miejsce na Malcie i atrakcyjna budowla. Detale architektury przyciagaja uwage, widac super rzemieslnicza robote tworcow tego dziela. Bdb ostrosc i kadr.
mesutilgim (96304) 2014-03-15 14:29
Nice capture of this neoclassical rotunda in Malta.
Very good layout and many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Fis2 (102384) 2014-03-15 14:50
Piekna rotunda ozdobiona wiezyczkami a na dodatek jeszcze pieknymi kolumnami.
Swiatlo i kolorki nadaja klimat tej kompozycji.
Szkoda, ze troche zwichrowana geometria :(
chrislo (4097) 2014-03-15 15:10
A very beautiful architectural shot of this both elegant and impressive church taken from an excellent viewpoint. The whole picture is pin sharp and the decorative detail is captured clearly. The soft pink and blue blend in together really well. Good informative note, too.
PaulVDV (30739) 2014-03-15 15:18
Krzysztof has also recently posted a picture of this Rotunda.
I regret I haven't visited it. I drove past it on the bus but didn't go off in Mosta.
It looks enormous and impressive. Here I also like its pink colour in contrast with the blue sky.
Funny but both clocks indicate a different time.
Best regards, Paul
macjake (70519) 2014-03-15 20:09
there seem to be alot of Malta photo's being posted lately, has there been a deal on Flights or something?
you mentioned you're a bit disappointed you couldn't get the light on the front...i say you're LUCKY!
the light seems to be a bit harsh and white, so i personally think you got the best of it here, in the shade. But the shade isn't very dark so it still works out well.
wonderful looking building isn't it, and of course its great to see it in your postcard view!
hope you're getting opps to take a few photos!
ikeharel (74791) 2014-03-16 2:57
It is a most impressive edifice, and well show details on.
The facade in the shadows here, is a great advantage - to my humble opinion, I think it gave extra contrast to the already well-done photto.
Have a nice Sunday,
jhm (156536) 2014-03-16 5:27
You shows us the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady on a fantastice way.
The colours make these picture very attractive.
Indeed a lovely post-card of this wonderful building.
Perspective and depth are perfect taken.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
COSTANTINO (67350) 2014-03-16 11:36
Hello dear friend
thanks for sharing with us this magnificent postcard
showing one of the most impressive structures in
Malta fine piece of architecture
construction with valuable architectural
details you created a fine postcard
fom a nice pov
Gigidusud (21191) 2014-03-16 12:58
Excellent POV and great framing on this splendid architecture. I like the detais and the pastel colors. Well done!
mcmtanyel (25610) 2014-03-17 14:47
You've managed to capture a delightful postcard in spite of your time pressure. It is indeed a very pretty building with intricate decorations. Congratulations and TFS.
jemaflor (100163) 2014-03-18 0:35
Well taken this impressive church, nice light and no bus or car on the street, good timing ! A good memory, the interior is superb too, isn't it ?
emka (102638) 2014-03-18 10:39
Witaj MAriusz, Rzeczywiście bardzo ładny budynek przypominający Panteon albo kościół na Placu trzeczh Krzyzy w Warszawie tylko w różowym kolorku. Zegary są na wieży, ale nie chodzą, przynajmniej jeden z nich. bardzo ładne sa tez lampy i palemki w donicach. I jak przyjemnie ogląda sie taka pocztówke z niebieskim bezchmurnym niebem. Bardzo jestem zachęcona do Malty, widząc tyle ciekawych zdjęć na TE.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-19 9:30
molto belli sia il soggetto che la modalità di ripresa della fotografia.
Composizione, colori e nitidezza sono impeccabili, quanto di meglio per valorizzare al massimo il soggetto.
Ciao e buona serata
Cricri (122589) 2014-03-19 10:50
Une merveille architectural, belles tours horloge avec les cloches vertes, intéressant détails bien prononcer par la lumière et le fond bleu qui met l'édifice en valeur
fritzi007 (11551) 2014-03-19 14:06
dem ist nichts hinzuzufügen, grandios!
tedesse (25135) 2014-03-23 16:25
Fantastyczna prezentacja tej pieknej budowli.
Super ostrosc, cudowne kolory.