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Cathedral of Messina (Duomo)

Address: Messina, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #5 of 27 Attractions in Messina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: This Cathedral, a fine example of Sicilian Norman architecture, has...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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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109 reviews 109 reviews
34 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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