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Title: Building science and professional ethics in nineteenth-century ecclesiastical architecture in Malta
Authors: Bianco, Lino
Keywords: Domes -- Mosta (Malta)
Rotundas -- Malta
Basilica of the Assumption, Rotunda (Mosta, Malta)
Church architecture -- Malta -- History -- 19th century
Grognet de Vasse, Giorgio, 1774-1862
Professional ethics
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Centrul Cultural Lucian Blaga
Citation: Bianco, L. (2018). Building science and professional ethics in nineteenth-century ecclesiastical architecture in Malta. Terra Sebus. Acta Musei Sabesiensis, 10, 413-424.
Abstract: This paper focuses on the Mosta Rotunda, the parish church of Mosta. Its construction started soon after the island became a colony. Its dome is an imposing architectural statement and a feat of building engineering structure in local masonry. Modelled on Hadrian’s Pantheon in Rome (118-128 AD), it has the third largest dome of any Christian church in Europe. It was designed in the Neoclassical idiom by the architect-engineer Giorgio Grognet de Vassé (1774-1862) who also supervised its construction. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the building science and professional ethics underlying the design and construction of this outstanding nineteenth-century church.
Description: Acknowledgement: The author would like to thank the late Rev. Paul Caruana for his help in the translation of the original sources from Italian into English and Alessandra Bianco for her assistance in gathering historical photographic material related to Mosta Church.
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