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Address: Viale Principe Umberto, Messina, Sicily, Italy
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From a distance, we thought this was another church. But it's not. It's a war memorial. Still, it is worth the visit. The views are fantastic, there is a small cafe across the... read more

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

From a distance, we thought this was another church. But it's not. It's a war memorial. Still, it is worth the visit. The views are fantastic, there is a small cafe across the street, street vendors keep things interesting, and the hike up is more than capable for the average person. However, the only way onto the premises and inside... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

interesting and a great cathedral, plenty of historical podatataka, beautifully decorated, it can be seen from all parts of Messina with it is a beautiful view of the harbor

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Thank Pedja S
Messina, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perhaps already in classical times, the hill south of the swollen river Boccetta was occupied by a fortress, black on green field, that would then be admired in the ancient civic emblem of Messina. It is still possible to recognize the ancient fortification in today's complex of the Sanctuary Temple of Christ the King, despite the destruction and collapse occurred... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Unfortunetly, by the time of our visit this place couldn't be visit (only, if you choose the guided tour which took about an hour, which we didn't). The architecture is really beautiful and Messina view from here is really spectacular. Despite the fact that we didn't enter the church, we have no regrets that we saw at least the building... More 

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Island of Gozo, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The view from up here is spectacular. You can see the whole natural port underneath you and most of the city and also the Santuario della Madonna di Montalto opposite your position on a neighboring hill. Furthermore there are volunteer guides at it's entrance which offer free 20mins tours to whoever is interested in many languages. The languages I'm sure... More 

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Chapel Hill, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We are not crazy about Messina but, if you find yourself there, climb the hill up to Christo Re. You will get your exercize for the day and will have some nice views of the harbor etc.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If coming by cruise ship, your stay at port will be shorter than most stops. Luckily, there are several attractions nearby that you can walk to and spend 20-30 minutes at each. The Votive Temple of Christ the King is on a prominent hill and is one of the first things you notice coming into port. It is about 1.5km... More 

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Messina, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Wonderful place, 10 minutes walking from center city The temple is at the top of the hill, from which you can see an incredible view, the Stretto di Messina from north to south The Temple is a mixing of church art and the art of the fascism period and was built in 1937 Before there was a Castle called Rocca... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We were surprised at how dirty the city was, with trash and butts on the streets and sidewalks, not to mention all of the cars parked on the sidewalks. It was a longer than expected walk up to Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re, but the views were great when we finally reached the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

From our cruise ship in the harbor, we could see the building of Cristo Re sitting prominently on the hillside overlooking the harbor. After visiting the Duomo of Messina, we walked up the hill to look at this building that is the Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re (Votive Temple of Christ the King). It was constructed in 1900 in a... More 

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