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Cathedral of Messina (Duomo)

Address: Messina, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #5 of 26 Attractions in Messina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This Cathedral, a fine example of Sicilian Norman architecture, has...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This Cathedral, a fine example of Sicilian Norman architecture, has retained its original medieval lines even after a long history: built under Roger II, consecrated in 1197, destroyed in the 1908 earthquake and rebuilt.
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Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This church had beautiful details in it. It reminded me of the one in Monreale, Sicily! The details on the ceiling were wonderful as well! Mass was good too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This beautiful cathedral has had a tough history, it was destroyed by fire, then again by earthquake and recently heavily damaged in the second world war. Today it stands magnificent and is even more ornate and beautifully decorated inside than you expect. If you're on a cruise ship and don't take a full day tour walk to the town and... More 

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We were doing a bus tour called the highlights of Messina and part of that was a visit to the main Square where the Cathedral of Messina is situated.A lovely place with lots of statues, beautifull marble, great architecture, one always marvels at the fantastic workmanship of the tradesmen soo long ago. We were also taken into the treasury of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Just like most of the Cathedrals in Italy and Sicily this is a site to see. If you enjoy architecture and old world beauty you will want to see this one. Typical marble and colors use are so impressive. We only had one day here so we did not get to spend more than 30 minutes here, but you could... More 

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We are always amazed that these wonderful old buildings are maintained in such fantastic condition, though how worshippers could have funded such a fabulous place is a puzzle. Without doubt you can spend hours looking at the inside beauty and structure of the cathedral. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The cathedral was originally commissioned by the Normans (1087) but destroyed by fire and earthquakes. It was rebuilt in 1908 and renovated because of Allied bombs in1947. The distinctive façade is adorned with marble and reliefs of the 14th century. The three portals are Gothic. The interior is quite large(92m.long,30m.wide) with 24 columns dividing the nave into two isles and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Was here in 2012 and it was great. So we took 6 friends up the long winding uphill streets. Got stopped and told we had to take a guided tour for a free will offering and that the church was closed for construction

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Pebble Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This church is about the interior. There are beautiful mosaics behind altar and the left chapel. The intricately painted wood ceiling is also very impressive. A museum (the treasury) on the right holds some incredible reliquaries and is worth seeing. There is a fee to see the treasury. Outside on the Piazza Duomo is an interesting astrological clock.

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Zabbar, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Cathedral worth a visit, it's big and beautiful and the museum is perfect, with lots of beautiful thing to see. Also visit the tower clock museum, the view from there is very beautiful although the top part was closed, admission very cheap and a well organized shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

We had an hour before a tour and accidentally stumbled upon the cathedral. It was so much more than it looked from the exterior. The clock tower was amazing. I loved the ceiling heights, the statues, the quietness of the place.

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