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Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

Piazza Duomo, 98122 Messina, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 26 Attractions in Messina
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Erding, Germany
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed dinner looking onto the Bell Tower and Astronomical clock as the sun went down. A lovely end to a beautiful day before crossing the straights to the mainland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful tower in Europe, the astronomical clock is fabulous. An incredible machine that every day at noon takes life. The statues in the tower come alive to tell the story of the city.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On a hot August day we waited close to 30 minutes for the Bell Tower display at 12 noon; fortunately we found somewhere mostly shaded. Whilst you can probably see the tower display from anywhere in the square it is better to be directly in front of it because all the action takes place in the front. The clock display... More

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Livingston, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Great attraction - if you can - find someone or some information that explains the different symbols of the clock- it will give you more context-

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you happen to be nearby at noon when things move around, I would probably stop to watch it for a few minutes. I would not plan anything around it though. As the one reviewer said, it is not always on time. For cruise ship passengers, you can see the tower but a building blocks the lower part.

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Holland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It was a must seen place in Messina. We were there on time as it would happen at 12:00. But......nothing happened. Suddenly, at 12:20 the lion and the cockerell were doing their trickes, but then it stopped. End of the show. Worst bell tower performance I ever saw.....

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Caerleon, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Be there at noon because you can see the statues move - You will hear the lion roar and then all the statues move around. The Astrological clock is really cool to see as well.

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My family sailed into town and had heard of the belltower and Astrological Clock. We had time so we climbed the belltower and viewed the church and the museum (price all inclusive)...very worthy. They outside for the spectacular showing at noon of the mechanically moving statues, roaring lion and wagging tail and gold chicken. Very nice...Just sit in the square... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

we couldn't really appreciate this building as the spire was covered with scaffold, the parts we could see were stunning.

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Montreal, Canada
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Alot of ppl gather at noon because you can see the statues move. Its well worth it if you are in the area.You will hear the lion roar and then it moves and so do the other statues below afterwards. The Astrological clock is really cool to see as well. Everyone was telling us to be there for noon and... More

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