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Cathedral of Messina (Duomo)

Messina, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #3 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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Bangkok, Thailand
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250 reviews 250 reviews
122 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
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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78 reviews 78 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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130 reviews 130 reviews
45 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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43 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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Akron, Ohio
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

If you are going to be in Messina (my wife and I were on a cruise that stopped there) make sure you plan on being at the clock tower at noon. It is truly amazing to watch and listen to the clock during the 7 minutes presentation at noon.

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San Diego
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75 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We were in town on a cruise. And, the church is a short distance from the dock. The church itself, other than the ceiling, is rather plain in comparison to other cathedrals. However, the bell tower and its astronomical clock are special. There aren't that many towers like this. As others have noted, it is best to be outside just... More

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