Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), Messina
(4.6/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
As both a current and historical art piece and functional device, Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico) offers quite the show at noon every day. At that time, the belfry’s mechanically-animated statues illustrate events from the civil and religious history of the city. Constructed in 1933 in Strasbourg, this clock measures up as perhaps the largest of its kind in the world. Repairs of such a complex machine proved quite expensive, and the bell tower no longer creates the sound in the original, mechanical way. You can climb the steps and understand more about the mechanism. Signs are in English. Show up early if you’d like to sit during the show. Put Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico) and other Messina attractions into our Messina travel itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Magic square, between Christmas and exciting light effects you can get lost between the history and charm of this magic atmosphere.
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  • All the tourists gather in the piazza a little before noon for the show. The clock tower, attached to the cathedral (dedicated to St. Mary of the Assumption) does it's thing at noon everyday, and it i...  more »
  • Are you fascinated by that roar by noon. Awesome to see. Pride of our Messina
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  • Ancient Astronomic Clock with beautiful progressions. It is really attractive.
  • Excellent!
  • Go there at noon ... you will be amazed. Thrilling spectacle that lasts about 12 minutes. PS: here do end, wait for 12:15 to watch the window with the statue of death that marks the time on the child, the boy's senior citizen
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  • Piazza immaculate place of pilgrimage. Sin be kinda hidden by vegetation just a little shrewd curated by administration
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  • The Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Messina with its famous astronomical clock is a true masterpiece. Be located at 12:00 in the square to observe the mechanical movement and sounds of several statues (Lion, gallo, etc.) is exciting and interesting at the same time.
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