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Duomo di Messina

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Address: Piazza del Duomo, Messina, Sicily, Italy

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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Sweet escape

I have been for one month in messina and this duomo was my sweet escape everytime i wanted some fresh air! You can simply walk in the duomo and enjoy the view and the people and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been for one month in messina and this duomo was my sweet escape everytime i wanted some fresh air! You can simply walk in the duomo and enjoy the view and the people and the clock that moves every hour. And the good thing is that if u feel like eating you will find all kinds of restaurants... More 

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Nottingham, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as part of a led cruise. This was easily the highlight as not too much to see. The street back from the port houses the square with a fountain, cathedral and clock tower. Cathedral very peaceful and beautiful inside. Once a day at noon the clock displays movement with music. The lion roars, cock crows and figures move. Lasts... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The original Duomo of Messina dates back to Norman times into 12 cent. Several times damaged in medieval fires and earthquakes and reconstructed afterwards, the main destruction happened in 20 cent. First in a great 1908 earthquake when it was almost completely demolished, and after in 1943 after heavy WWII bombing. Therefore, today we see a relatively new structure less... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

a large market with a huge tower, cathedral, fountain with a turbulent history, a nice place to fitografisanje, next to the park with greenery, there are plenty of offers for tour of Messina on the market, open bus ...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been in love with the architecture of churches, every one is different from another. The interiors are beautiful. Can see if stopping in town

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Must go for those who like art and culture and architecture. Very short walking distance from the port from the cruise ship. Nice place to take photos and being amaze with the design of the church.

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Messina, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Local chroniclers and historians record and agree to assign to the foundation of the cathedral a very old age, previous to the reconstruction that took place during the Norman rule (1060 to 1197), and concluded with the solemn consecration of the Basilica, dedicated to St. Maria La Nuova, in the presence of Emperor Henry VI of Swabia. In 1666 the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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 July 15, 2016 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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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