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Duomo di Messina, Messina

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4.6/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
Duomo di Messina is a Sicilian Norman cathedral dating from 1500, with a notable bell tower and clock. At noon, figures and statues move on the cathedral's tower. After suffering earthquakes and damage from World War II, the interior has been almost completely restored. Be sure to check out the painted ceiling and the 16,000-pipe organ. Make Duomo di Messina a part of your Messina vacation plans using our Messina tourist route planner.
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  • Huge and magnificent Dome decorated beams, marble columns and several Crypts of Saints must see.
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  • We knew the campanile scandisse noon with mechanical carillon/astronomical ... what a disappointment! they scheduled the animated clock, Europe's largest mechanical jewel for 11:45!!! So we haven't seen moving.
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  • You are invited to come just before noon on the Duomo square, to watch the fabulous spectacle unique in the world. You'll see, it's unforgettable so the impressive will overwhelm you. The origins of the Cathedral of Messina to the byzantine period, but it is Roger I of Sicily, who wanted the recovery after the desecration and damage caused by the Saracens during their occupation. It was consecrated September 22, 1197 by Archbishop Berardo, in the presence of the Emperor Henry VI, son of Frédéric Barberousse and Queen Constance of Hauteville, last Princess of Norman, his wife who brought him the Kingdom of Sicily in dot. The original Norman architecture of this sacred building structures have been submitted, over the centuries, with frequent changes, sometimes with the addition of architectural and decorative elements due to the taste of their time, mainly due to the damage caused by disasters, particularly earthquakes, and the need to rebuild in whole or in part which ensued. The first destruction back to 1254, when a fire raged for the funeral of Conrad IV. With Archbishop Guidotto De Abbiate (1304-1333) began a slow but continuous enrichment period, which lasted until the end of the 1500s. Decorative elements of great importance have been introduced, such as mosaics, ceiling decorations, splendid portals, covering marble façade, the imposing complex of the apostolate, which the author, Montorsoli, disciple and collaborator of Michelangelo, jointly built the visible Orion fountain in the Piazza del Duomo. The baroque saw the overlay of stuccowork, cornices, cherubs and garlands and a multitude of altars which have altered the nobility and the simplicity of the original lines. the Romanesque arches were then transformed into warhead arches. The earthquake of 1783 caused a new modification of the structure to superimpose a dome of wood at the intersection of the nave with the transept. The Bell Tower was demolished and two neo-gothiques towers were juxtaposed to the apse. The earthquake of 1908 was almost completely collapse the Cathedral whose reconstruction in the years twenty, marked a return of the building to its original lines. A patient work of restoration has made possible the collection of almost all of the artwork, but the war has, in some ways, caused a new more serious destruction. On the night of June 13, 1943, two incendiary bombs during an allied air raid transformed the Cathedral, which had reopened just thirteen years earlier, in a pile of rubble where remained only the external structure, while what had been recovered after the earthquake was almost completely reduced to ashes. The reconstruction was Monsignor Angelo Paino, who had already revived the Cathedral from the rubble of the earthquake. Reopened for worship on August 13, 1947, Pope Pius XII conferred to the Cathedral the title of Basilica. The statues, marbles and mosaics are almost all excellent copies of lost originals.
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  • An amazing building with some amazingly detailed art pieces! It's the place surrounded with a lot of bars and restaurants. It's nearby city center, with multiple stores near it! Don't miss to see the clock tower at 12:00(Afternoon). It's an amazing sight to see all the sculptures inside it move accordingly. Have fun!✌
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  • Ideal for walking both boyfriends that newlyweds but also the old but strong loves walking often but there are single people who want to come forward ...
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  • Access to the astronomical clock at 4 €, while the ticket + Clock Museum € 6, no reductions because the management is private. The Bell Tower is beautiful, on each floor describes the specific animation that shows, in multiple languages. At noon, the show is a delight! The animation between Lions roaring, shrieking roosters, Madonnas and saints churches, lasts ten minutes between everything. As for the Cathedral is divided into three naves, beautiful decorated wooden ceiling with exposed. Along the walls just statues, no fresco. Spectacular mosaic behind the altar. Objectionable mosaic side lighting with a machine, for € 1 for two minutes of light. Very difficult to park near the Cathedral: a few car parks and there are hardly any free.
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  • The Cathedral of Messina, dedicated to the assumption of Mary, is the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela. Is located in the historic center of Messina, where promises with the façade and the Bell Tower on the large piazza del Duomo. In June 1947, Pope Pius XII was elevated to the dignity of a minor basilica. (from wiki)
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