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Cathedral of Messina (Duomo)

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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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July 2014 - Beautiful!

Went in July 2014. We didn't go inside but waited outside at noon to see the 'show'. Statues come out from the clock tower with sound effects which we really enjoyed. Several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went in July 2014. We didn't go inside but waited outside at noon to see the 'show'. Statues come out from the clock tower with sound effects which we really enjoyed. Several nearby bars to have a snack which were quite pricey to be honest. Worth a visit if in the area at noon!

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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Nice to escape the constant approaches of the street traders by popping into the cathedral. Nothing particularly outstanding here to see though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Beautiful architecture, painted ceilings; the museum inside the cathedral is worth your attention. You can also buy a combined ticket to visit museum and tower.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great cathedral with wonderful statues. I was too late for the clock’s noon show and am really sorry I missed it. The city was a little crazy the day I was there because a cruise ships was in town. Pay to walk up the clock tower because it is both interesting and the view from the top is wonderful. For... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

walking visit from port dodging heat by the trees. cathedral in piazza with trees for shade and outside eateries with shade for watching and listening to the beautiful old clock at midday. very slow activation though!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Cathedral is a short walk from the cruise port. This is a beautiful cathedral, and the campanile with one of the world's largest astronomical clocks is a must-see, especially at 12:00 noon when all of the figures move and perform. Be sure to cover knees and shoulders to visit this lovely cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

A visit to Messina is incomplete without visiting the city's famous Cathedral. Where people from all over the world gather at noon every day to witness the Biblical scene on the Cathedral's bell tower.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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