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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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Splendid building with interesting decoration and clock in the square with a fine fountain.Worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Splendid building with interesting decoration and clock in the square with a fine fountain.Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The cathedral is amazing for two reasons. One the beauty of the cathedral inside which is not as ornate as the Vatican for example but nevertheless is incredibly beautiful and so peaceful. The second is the most amazing bell tower which at noon shows a mechanical lion roaring, a cock crowing and Christ rising as part of a mechanical show.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Like so many others we were on a tour from a cruise ship. Of course, that means big crowds. At least initially in the cathedral and the square ... until everyone has seen it and disperses into other areas of town. Then, not crowded at all. And this is a beautiful, small town cathedral well worth visiting for Mass or... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I have been traveling Sicily for the past month and decided on a quick visit to Messina. I was pleasantly surprised when I entered Piazza Duomo. The music from the Bell Tower had people stopped, enjoying the movement of the Bell Tower Clock. I then entered The Cathedral of Messina. What makes this my most favorite Duomo is the simplicity... More 

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Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This church had beautiful details in it. It reminded me of the one in Monreale, Sicily! The details on the ceiling were wonderful as well! Mass was good too!

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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This beautiful cathedral has had a tough history, it was destroyed by fire, then again by earthquake and recently heavily damaged in the second world war. Today it stands magnificent and is even more ornate and beautifully decorated inside than you expect. If you're on a cruise ship and don't take a full day tour walk to the town and... More 

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We were doing a bus tour called the highlights of Messina and part of that was a visit to the main Square where the Cathedral of Messina is situated.A lovely place with lots of statues, beautifull marble, great architecture, one always marvels at the fantastic workmanship of the tradesmen soo long ago. We were also taken into the treasury of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Just like most of the Cathedrals in Italy and Sicily this is a site to see. If you enjoy architecture and old world beauty you will want to see this one. Typical marble and colors use are so impressive. We only had one day here so we did not get to spend more than 30 minutes here, but you could... More 

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We are always amazed that these wonderful old buildings are maintained in such fantastic condition, though how worshippers could have funded such a fabulous place is a puzzle. Without doubt you can spend hours looking at the inside beauty and structure of the cathedral. Well worth a visit.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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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