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Cathedral of Messina (Duomo)

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Address: Messina, Sicily, Italy
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Description: 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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The Duomo is a magnificent cathedral both inside and out. The structure is impressive and is just beautiful inside. Worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The Duomo is a magnificent cathedral both inside and out. The structure is impressive and is just beautiful inside. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This cathedral, in the Piazza Duomo, is especially unique because of its huge clock tower, with sounds that can be heard for long distances, and fascinating moving parts on different levels.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Well we were very disappointed with Messina as we found the city dirty and unkempt, people were not too polite and there were some not so good parts of town that we wondered through on our way to the Cathedral. Having said that the Cathedral was beautiful and worth a visit! Pretty tame and no lines unlike other attractions and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

It is a must to be in the piazza at mid day. The campanile chimes 12 noon. The golden lion roars and waves a flag. The cockerel below the lion flaps its wings and crows. Several other tableaux perform and at the end they play Ave Maria. I think it's Ave Maria which I would think can be heard all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Destroyed and rebuilt several times since about 1197, its a place plenty of details: from its architecture to the paintings inside, the astronomical and mechanical clock in the outside, the largest organ in Italy (15,000 pipes!)... inside you get to see many details everywhere (remember: you are not in the Vatican) and there is also a small museum with about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Impressive norman cathedral. Worth visiting if in Messina but not worth a visit to Messina. Convenient location of city but parking can be challenging.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This cathedral is a rebuild in the heart of the city of Messina. It sit on a nice square and the bell tower is makes the architecture interesting. I was not there to hear the bells so you will have to look at other reviews for their opinion. The inside again was somewhat interesting. After seeing 100s of cathedrals and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Very beautiful exterior and interior. Clock tower is also quite interesting. Only off putting things is all the hawkers outside and the courtyard was quite dirty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This was great we arrived in time for the bells ringing and the display that went with it, i have it on video and love watching it over and over.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Located in the Piazza Del Duomo in the heart of Messina, this is modern cathedral by European standards, having to be rebuilt following an earthquake and bomb damage. Nevertheless it is a beautiful building. The outside is stylish, with a magnificent bell tower and the inside is most tasteful. It is a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of a bustling... More 

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Address: Messina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Messina  >  Messina

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