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Cathedral of Messina (Duomo)

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Address: Messina, Sicily, Italy
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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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Be There at Noon!

I was enjoying a cappuccino at the cafe in the Piazza del Duomo when the lion in the cathedral tower roared. Like everyone else, I stopped what I was doing to look up. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Traveling53_13
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Newtown, Connecticut
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Newtown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was enjoying a cappuccino at the cafe in the Piazza del Duomo when the lion in the cathedral tower roared. Like everyone else, I stopped what I was doing to look up. The rooster crowed next, then, in what only can be described as a larger than life-size music box, figurines began moving to the strains of "Ave Maria."... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All tourguides talk about the spectacular bell tower, but the experience inside the duomo just before closing hour is breathtaking! The simple yet gigantic interior design of the duomo is one of the most impressive I've ever seen! I would recommend it to everyone!

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Turku, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Impressive historical building with beautiful surroundings. Well restored and gives a good idea what kind of buildings were in Messina before second world war destructions and before earthquake about a century ago. Located centrally and is ideal place to visit during city center walks and front serves well as a meeting place. If You are in Messina, this is a... More 

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Dyer, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So pretty to see! Very close to cruise port so it is something to see. It is located in a beautiful piazza. A must see if you are in Messina.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral was big and well decorated. We visited it on our way back to the ship. It wasn't worth a separate trip.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Messina doesn't have much of anything because it got destroyed in the earthquake/tsunami in December 1908, but their beautiful cathedral is still standing and ever so proudly. Everyday before the pranzo, there's gold figures that pop out of the church tower and play music. stunning.

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North Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The square in front of the cathedral is full of stalls and cafes. Whilst Messina isn't one of the most scenic cities this square and the surrounding area is very pleasant. Especially if you are enjoying an authentic Sicilian canola, yummy. At noon each day you can see and hear the mechanical clock in action on the tower. Lasts about... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We spent a day in Messina during a cruise. The clock is amazing but not only to see from the ground. For 4 euros, you can climb up the steps to the top of the tower and see the workings of this fabulous piece of engineering. It is an easy climb as you do it in stages. Each set of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

If you arrive early to watch the tower performance then pop into the Cathedral, an interesting building.

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

be sure to include this site on your visit to Messina. This is a great cathedral with several interesting niches.

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