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Duomo di Messina

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Address: Piazza del Duomo, Messina, Sicily, Italy

This Cathedral, a fine example of Sicilian Norman architecture, has...

This Cathedral, a fine example of Sicilian Norman architecture, has retained its original medieval lines even after a long history: built under Roger II, consecrated in 1197, destroyed in the 1908 earthquake and rebuilt.

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Head for the busy Piazza area

A busy Piazza awaits those who come to visit the Cathedral in the heart of Messina. We were only able to enjoy the exterior, it was closed at the time we were there. Usually we... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
sandra n
Lemont, Illinois
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Lemont, Illinois
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692 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

A busy Piazza awaits those who come to visit the Cathedral in the heart of Messina. We were only able to enjoy the exterior, it was closed at the time we were there. Usually we have better luck. But that area was still alive with tourist and some sellers of wares who move quickly and pull up their blanket or... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Another great Italian Duomo. Plenty of artwork.Big Piazza with local eateries.If you visit on Sunday, be warned you will find there is barely anything open.

Thank Traveler03NewYork
Izmir, Turkey
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346 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Another very nice Italian Duomo. Piazza del Duomo is almost always full of tourists and souvenir sellers. You should also visit the inside of the Duomo. It is a Messina must-see.

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Sliema, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Being a port city Messina is a bit rough around the edges but there a few gems to be found, the best one in my opinion is Piazza del Duomo.Despite being rebuilt after the earthquake of 1908. The duomo itself is well worth a visit but the masterpiece for me is the Bell Tower with its beautifull gold figures on... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

I rode the train up from Catania early in the day and spent the day walking around Messina. A Cruise ship was there that day which made it a little more touristy than I normally like but, the city was very nice. The church would have been worth the trip alone. Make sure to walk up the tower to see... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 423 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Truth to tell, this is not the original, which was very badly damaged in WWII, even to the point where there is but one (mostly intact) surviving original sculpture. But you forget about the horrors of war as you feel the soaring ceiling, walk past side chapels richly decorated, and approach the main altar. Wood, gilt, near-rococo carvings, and marble... More 

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

A part of the sightseeing you must have ! Located in the centre of Messina - Sicily (ancient name Zagli), by the grand Piazza del Duomo and the Orion Fountain (Fontana di Orrione) of 16th century with statues symbolizing river Tiber, Nile, Evros and Camaro. The cathedral was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1908 and the bombings of World... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

I was fortunate that the Cathedral was open and I could visit the building inside. The altar is lovely as is the ceiling…very unique and beautiful. The cathedral has quite the history: destroyed in 1908 by an earthquake and then bombed in 1943. It was reopened after reconstruction in 1947. The Astronomical Clock display is 12 minutes and consists of... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

A must-see in Messina. Just book one hour and do your homework -- read something about the cathedral, its history, style etc. And then go and see! And it will pay back! Promise!

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

It is not an example of of a Duomo in the likes of Siena, Pisa, or like lots of other cities in Italy. It is very nice by all accounts, but here in Italy, it just pales in comparison....

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