Duomo di Messina
Duomo di Messina
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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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  • emanuele g
    The Hague, The Netherlands114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving figurines
    I remember the Duomo of Messina with a mix of outrage and delight; outrage because when I was a kid I was sort of forced to go and see the Rooster and all the figurines moving, which I could not care a bit. Delight, because, now in my adult life, I can appreciate more the art, design and ingenuity of the moving parts of this iconic place in Messina. Definitively, worth stopping by at noon, take you place at the square and enjoy the show
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • ccc2698
    Marlboro, New York75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was easy to find
    Of course, I visited in the hottest summer 100° and 90% humidity. I arrived on cruise ship and found the port very easy to navigate. I made it over to the clocktower Duomo di Messina early and checked it out then. Then climbed several hills for sightseeing and to see churches. Surprised 2 out of three charged for entry (were not worth it). Returned for the noon production of the clock tower and free entry to the church. It starts out with the lovely Ave Maria and goes on an off for 15 mon. making it hard to video. So hot hard to appreciate it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • CMBarbie
    357 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see in Messina
    The cathedral was the highlight of our Messina walking tour. The astronomical clock show with roaring lion was a surprise compared to other clocks I have seen in Europe. There is a small museum inside that is worth seeing also, for 5 euro fee.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2023
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Barheat
Hamilton, Canada1,755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Duomo was rebuilt in the Norman style after the earthquake of 1907. It is quite impressing inside with the wooden beam ceiling. There are three altars, the central and one on each side. Along the walls are statues of the saints.
Written December 28, 2022
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ccc2698
Marlboro, NY75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Of course, I visited in the hottest summer 100° and 90% humidity.
I arrived on cruise ship and found the port very easy to navigate. I made it over to the clocktower Duomo di Messina early and checked it out then. Then climbed several hills for sightseeing and to see churches. Surprised 2 out of three charged for entry (were not worth it). Returned for the noon production of the clock tower and free entry to the church. It starts out with the lovely Ave Maria and goes on an off for 15 mon. making it hard to video. So hot hard to appreciate it.

Written August 27, 2023
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Business
The third biggest city of Sicily is Messina, in the Northeast side of the island. A lot of attractions, but the Cathedral with the astronomical watch is the top.
Written September 9, 2019
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roozoo
Rotherfield, UK237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Couples
This 800 year old cathedral is breathtaking inside and out. From the hand carved stone details gracing the entrance to the hand painted rafters in the inside ... the craftsmanship which went into creating this beautiful place of worship was done out of an act of love and skill. You do not want to rush your time walking through this amazing cathedral.

Suggest you wear soft sole shoes (as the church flooring echos with every tap of a foot). This is a place of quiet and worship, if you can keep from being distracted by the all the beautiful details that surround you in here.

We did our best to keep our voices down, but we were so over taken by the beauty of the details of the alters, roof, and tile work we kept forgetting ourselves, fortunately we were there at a time when there were hardly anyone there, but we did get some looks by clergy - so courtesy/respect is always best observed.

There are only a few steps to get up to the entrance doors and the rest is flat, but I believe there are ramp for those with wheelchairs / strollers.
Written July 17, 2011
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cath038
Glasgow, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
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 steps lead onto a landing where you can spend time reading about the clock and the explanation of the figures. These figures and scenes move with the times of the year. Easter, Christmas etc are all included so that if you visit at different times of the year, and view the clock from the outside, you will see different things. Should you climb the tower, you will see everything at the same time as the scenes and figures not on show can been seen from the landings. I could have stayed in the tower for hours. There is an exit at the top so that you can walk around and admire the views from all angles.
Written June 13, 2016
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Susan R
Murrieta, CA334 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
This church is beautiful. It is very big inside and you can see the huge organ, the statues of saints that line the side isles, and the gorgeous alter. It is located in the same plaza as the fountain and the clock tower, so seeing all three makes for something nice to do while in port. There are many vendors outside the church selling scarfs and other items, and there are a few restaurants there as well. If you are in port and have no definite plans, then check it out. You won't be disappointed,
Written July 22, 2013
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Steph H
Bristol, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited Messina on a rainy day which meant that there were not very many people about. The clock tower is a beautiful structure and parts of it move as it chimes on the hour. Inside the cathedral the striking feature are the wooden beams across the ceiling with beautiful detailing on them. Its definitely worth a visit whilst in Messina although when we visited we had to split it into two parts as when we first visited at about lunchtime they closed the cathedral but were able to return later in the afternoon.
Written November 21, 2019
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BelleNovaScotia
Nova Scotia, Canada110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We walked to this church from the cruise port. For 4 euros, you can enter and climb up the clock tower and see the inner workings of the clock. Plan to be back outside before noon as the noon time show is like no other I've ever seen. The lion roars, the rooster crows three times (symbolic of Peter's denial of knowing Christ?), and lots of other movement.
Written October 30, 2019
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Leonard N
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
The church is amazing! I’ve been all over Europe and seen many churches but this one is simple and stunning at the same time. The alter and ceiling paintings are beautiful! I felt close to God here and feel very blessed for the opportunity to be here. Please stop in, make an offering and enjoy the church!
Written June 26, 2019
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Pezerella
Manama, Bahrain86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
Easy to find , located in the center of the city of Messina. Near the port. There are beautiful sculptures outside the tower before you enter
Written June 23, 2017
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