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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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roar of lion :)

astronomical clocks with slowly moving figures are usually boring, but this one is also playing sounds and roar of lion is kind of impressive

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

astronomical clocks with slowly moving figures are usually boring, but this one is also playing sounds and roar of lion is kind of impressive

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Messina, Sicilia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

It is the largest and most complex astronomical clock in the world. Its moving parts of his frontal describe some moments of the history of Messina. One of its peculiarities concerns two figures placed in the upper part of the tower. The rooster moves and sings and moves, and the lion roars. (I beg your pardon for my poor english)

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

you must see this. Kitsch as anything. Watch out for the full 10 minute clock performance. the less you know the more surprising it is. we had no idea what was going on. Who decided to set this thing up and what the meaning is, I have no idea. But I loved it.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The piazza is beautiful, and the clock show is unusual with a sense of humour. Many tourists gather to enjoy the experience.

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I have never seen something quite like this before. Make sure to be there 10 minutes before noon to be sure to catch the full show starting with the lions roar. It was the highlight of my trip in Messina. Don't miss it!

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

The bell tower was amazing to see it go at noon! The way it moved was amazing and the sounds the animals made!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

this is the best known landmark in messina and is one of the largest astronomical clocks in the world it strikes at 12 each day and there is always a crowd watching. the street peddlers can be annoying so dont hesitate to keep them firmly at bay.

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Dursley, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

For a few euros, you can visit this incredible clocks housed in the tower of Messina Cathedral. Marvel at the gilded figures that rotate on giant cog wheels and strike the hour. The clocks also chime on the quarter-hour. The phases of the Moon are displayed on the elaborate astronomical clock.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Even without all parts working, this was a nice little show. Great sound and characters. Funny little man up there though-maybe helping it work...

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G.g
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Watching the clock never gets old! Everytime we take the ferry to Sicily I always plan to visit. My son loved all the movement and music..

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