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Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

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Address: Piazza Duomo, 98122 Messina, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 090675175
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A nice pause at noon in Messina

Be there at noon to watch the action of the lion, the rooster, and the dove flying over the miniature church on the hill.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Be there at noon to watch the action of the lion, the rooster, and the dove flying over the miniature church on the hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The Cathedral and astronomical clock are worth a visit. It is an easy walk from where the cruise ship docks. The Cathedral is beautiful. Be sure to cover your knees and shoulders for a visit. Be at the clock before 12:00 to witness a wonderful mechanical performance by the wonderful clock.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A unique clock which puts on a noon time show. If you happen to be there for the day its worth swinging pas. cons: Messina is a pretty dirty city, lots of trash and graffiti. Your first goal will probably me to make your way out of the city and maybe head to Taormina.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Externally the cathedral is beautiful though simple. However inside there aren't many light points. Newer elements were not inserted correctly to guarantee the illumination of mosaic which is a pity. The roof decoration is awesome but the general perception is that of an incomplete peace of art. The bell tower is amazing and it was a great discover at midday... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

beautiful but slow activation of creatures all immaculately gold gilded. This almost none event leads to conjecture concerning the area and past times and culture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Well worth spending an early lunch hour to see this amazing mechanical performance. If the sun is out, bring a hat or umbrella.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We stopped in Messina on a cruise and hadn't read about it beforehand (unusual for us), happening upon this clock by chance. What a treat! Every day at noon, the clock comes to life. It's fascinating. You can also climb to the top and read about each figure along the way, viewing the works from the inside. This is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

An excellent belle tower and astronomical clocks on the side of the cathedral. Huge numbers of people gather in front of the cathedral at noon to witness the Lion Roar, the Cock crow in a Biblical scene. The views from the top are spectacular, however closed from 11:45 to 12:15.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

A must visit while you are in Messina. You must be in the square by 12 mid day to see the animated figures perform

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Very interesting building in the very centre of the city. There is a lot of information in internet about this clock but it deserves visiting.

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