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“Not much to see on Sunday”
Review of Duomo di Messina

Duomo di Messina
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 9 March 2014

We visited Messina via a cruise ship (Princess) on a Sunday. We were supposed to be on an all-day tour of Mt. Etna with a stop in Taormina but the tour was canceled the day before because of heavy snow on Mt. Etna. Instead we took a 1/2 day morning tour of Taormina with plans to visit the Cathedral of Messina (Duomo), Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), and several attractions within walking distance of the port area that afternoon. We were surprised to find everything but a couple of shops closed. We enjoy touring European cathedrals/churches and the Cathedral of Messina (Duomo) looked interesting from the outside but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to go inside. The cathedral was reconstructed after a 1908 earthquake, yet its exterior retains its medieval lines. The façade features three 16th century entry doors and a 180-foot tall bell tower that holds the world's largest Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico). The clock's mechanical figures come to life every quarter hour, but the grand display occurs every day at the strike of twelve noon, which of course we missed. If your cruise ship is in Messina on a Sunday take an all-day arranged tour that the ship or an independent tour operator offers. Maybe they will be able to find attractions in the area that are open.

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

I love the cathedrals in Europe and this one was no exception.

We arrived in Messina via cruise ship on November 18. Upon exiting the ship, we crossed main street (in front of the cruise port) to walk towards the Duomo Square.

When we reached the cathedral, we made an inside visit. There is no admission. The original construction of the cathedral was completed in the 12th century. But it had to be rebuilt between1919-1920 due to an earthquake that had caused serious damage in 1908. It was rebuilt a second time in1943 when bombs were dropped on the city and a fire destroyed part of the cathedral.

The cathedral holds the remains of Conrad IV, ruler of Germany and Sicily in the 13th century.

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Reviewed 20 December 2013

If you are going to be in Messina (my wife and I were on a cruise that stopped there) make sure you plan on being at the clock tower at noon. It is truly amazing to watch and listen to the clock during the 7 minutes presentation at noon.

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

We were in town on a cruise. And, the church is a short distance from the dock. The church itself, other than the ceiling, is rather plain in comparison to other cathedrals. However, the bell tower and its astronomical clock are special. There aren't that many towers like this. As others have noted, it is best to be outside just before noon for the "show".

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

This clock tower was really something different. I won't say how - see it for yourself - but make sure you get there just before midday as this is the only time it operates.

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