Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), Messina

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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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  • We visited Messina for a day as part of a cruise and were advised to visit the clock at 12 noon. We arrived early and paid 4 euros each to go inside the clock and walk to the top. You were able to see...  more »
  • We visited Messina during a med cruise and were advised to be in the square around lunchtime to watch the clock/bell tower. We arrived to an almost full square when the clock struck midday and the fre...  more »
  • The Bell Tower in the town square is a remarkable sight. The statues and sculptures are amazing works of art from a past era. If you are able to be here at noon there is a musical event that you will ...  more »
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  • Wonderful! It is also possible to go up the tower. It does not cost much and the view from up there is stunning!
  • Ancient Astronomic Clock with beautiful progressions. It is really attractive.
  • Beautiful tower!
  • Excellent!
  • A visit is definitely to ~12.00h (the clock is no longer quite so accurately) worth, as then the Bell game kicks off. Worth seeing is also the astronimische clock and from the Tower there is a super view of Messina and in good weather to the Mainland.
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