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Cathedral of Messina (Duomo)

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Address: Messina, Sicily, Italy
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This Cathedral, a fine example of Sicilian Norman architecture, has...

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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Even here, there is a big beautiful Cathedral.....

Big beautiful cathedral first partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1908, rebuilt, then latter partially damaged by Allied bombs during WWII, now stands rebuilt again in 1943... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Big beautiful cathedral first partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1908, rebuilt, then latter partially damaged by Allied bombs during WWII, now stands rebuilt again in 1943. Not sure if it is known more for the clock tower that stand next to it, or the other way around. The columns inside are massive, identical and so slightly tapered as they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

not much to see but the duomo at noon you cant miss it :) take a tour yourself up the duomo it nice, small shops and cafeterias in the area too.

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Bridgnorth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Messina isn't a pretty place, but the cathedral, adjacent clock tower, piazza and fountain are lovely. We arrived early, just as the city's day was beginning, and for a short time were able to experience the beauty and tranquility of a virtually empty, tree-lined piazza. However, within a short time we were besieged by (reasonably polite) touts trying to sell... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Walking distance from the port and definitely worth it. Also the tower next door. Take the time to inspect both outside and inside.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Messina is 1.9 miles from the Italian Mainland and was devastated by an Earthquake in 1908. We walked from the Port into town and bought tickets for the Tourist Train to take in the sights. However, Messina is not the prettiest of towns and the highlight for our party was the Duomo Clock which is the worlds largest Astronomical Clock... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

After our shore excursion we had time left before our ship sailed so we took a stroll though the city and stumbled upon this gem. What a wonderful place to worship. The art work, floor tiles and the ceiling are very impressive. They also have a nice little museum and gift shop.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Must see in Messina. The ceiling5 is one of the best! Very impressed! Open till late. We been at 8pm. Fontaine at front is great day and night

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Though having to be rebuilt after early C20 earthquake and WW2 fire, truly spectacular. Basically was Norman but with some gold mosaic like Monreale and Venice. And a really good Cathedral Treasury.

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Amazing astronomical clock that has a noontime spectacle accompanied by ave Maria. During religious holidays there is more to see.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

nothing to see, cost to go up the tower not worth the cost. nothing around except when the figures move at half or hour

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