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Cathedral of Messina (Duomo)

Messina, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #4 of 26 Attractions in Messina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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... more » 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. « less
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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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Little Rock, Arkansas
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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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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Cathedral of Messina was very close to our pier hence we were able to walk through the site as our first stop. The place was interesting if combined with the Clock Tower next to it. With the limited time available we had a brief visit and took few photos before rushing to the train station for Taormina. Next trip... More

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We loved it and went twice to at midday to see the show with the mechanical figures and the music was great.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The clock tower it is very nice and interesting but unfortunally just few statues move and the rest are broken....

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

It is an important Cathedral and it is worth seeing. If you only have a few hours in the city, its a great suggestion to do a walking tour that is being offered as the guide will explain a lot. Its very beautiful and once the guide explains the sculptures on the door, you may appreciate it more.

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Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We did a one hour walking tour with Discover Messina. The guide was excellent in explaining all about the Messina Cathedral!

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Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We skipped some other site and timed our arrival in Messina to watch the animated figures and scenes of the cathedra's clock tower and went away a bit disapponited.. It's nice, but not worth a special visit. We came on Easter Monday and the city seemed deserted (later we were in Taormina which was "bursting" with people and places).

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We visited Messina via a cruise ship (Princess) on a Sunday. We were supposed to be on an all-day tour of Mt. Etna with a stop in Taormina but the tour was canceled the day before because of heavy snow on Mt. Etna. Instead we took a 1/2 day morning tour of Taormina with plans to visit the Cathedral of... More

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Silsbee, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I love the cathedrals in Europe and this one was no exception. We arrived in Messina via cruise ship on November 18. Upon exiting the ship, we crossed main street (in front of the cruise port) to walk towards the Duomo Square. When we reached the cathedral, we made an inside visit. There is no admission. The original construction of... More

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