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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  • If you're in Messina, you can't miss the spectacle of animated Bell Tower of the Cathedral. A real historical choreography, with animated characters coming and going, roaring lion (strong), Rooster crows, and many other surprises, which occupy all 5 levels of the tower. Beautiful, original, surprising.
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  • Ensure you are there for noon when the animated starts. Stand across for the tower to get the best view and take it all in. If you are too near you do not get the impact. It lasts for 10 minutes or so...  more »
  • The tower and church beside are absolutely stunning. I wouldn't pay to go to the top of the Bell Tower again though. It wasn't worth it. Definitely need to see the bell at noon though. Church has rema...  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!
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  • 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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