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. See Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico) and all Messina has to offer by arranging your trip with our Messina itinerary planner .
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  • August 18, 2017
    The bells at noon and the movement of the statues are an attraction that stops the whole square. The view of Messina from the top of the campanile simply leaves you breathless, worth the climb all those stairs.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A mechanical watch with many characters moving at 12:00, followed by the lion and the rooster, duomo, Saints who bow to madonna, moon phases and more. Much more representative than the Prague astronomical clock which by comparison seems a distant imitation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Spectacular character animation at high noon. After the roar of the lion and the Rooster begins to the tune of "Ave Maria" playing the building history of the Church.
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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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