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Address: Viale Principe Umberto, Messina, Sicily, Italy
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The promenade is the best attraction in Messina!

This review is NOT about the church, but about the marvelous promenade across the street from the church. From this pretty promenade, we enjoyed a wonderful panoramic view of the... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
Yitzchak M
Or Yehuda, Israel
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Or Yehuda, Israel
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

This review is NOT about the church, but about the marvelous promenade across the street from the church. From this pretty promenade, we enjoyed a wonderful panoramic view of the sea, the Italian mainland (the “toe” of the “boot”), and the hook shaped peninsula that houses the Italian navy. In my opinion, Tripadvisor should list this promenade as a separate... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Do not be put off by trying to make your way up to this temple. The views over the Strait of Messina and the town are magnificent. The memorial inside the temple is thought provoking as it is a crypt. There is a marble sarcophagus on which there is a soldier’s figure and on the walls there are about a... More 

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re is an amazing War Memorial with beautiful views of the city and harbor. It is well worth the long hike up to it. Remember to go before 13:00 as they seemed to be closing for lunch.

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Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

From a distance, we thought this was another church. But it's not. It's a war memorial. Still, it is worth the visit. The views are fantastic, there is a small cafe across the street, street vendors keep things interesting, and the hike up is more than capable for the average person. However, the only way onto the premises and inside... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

interesting and a great cathedral, plenty of historical podatataka, beautifully decorated, it can be seen from all parts of Messina with it is a beautiful view of the harbor

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Messina, Italy
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Perhaps already in classical times, the hill south of the swollen river Boccetta was occupied by a fortress, black on green field, that would then be admired in the ancient civic emblem of Messina. It is still possible to recognize the ancient fortification in today's complex of the Sanctuary Temple of Christ the King, despite the destruction and collapse occurred... More 

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Reviewed 6 June 2016

Unfortunetly, by the time of our visit this place couldn't be visit (only, if you choose the guided tour which took about an hour, which we didn't). The architecture is really beautiful and Messina view from here is really spectacular. Despite the fact that we didn't enter the church, we have no regrets that we saw at least the building... More 

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Island of Gozo, Malta
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Reviewed 25 September 2015

The view from up here is spectacular. You can see the whole natural port underneath you and most of the city and also the Santuario della Madonna di Montalto opposite your position on a neighboring hill. Furthermore there are volunteer guides at it's entrance which offer free 20mins tours to whoever is interested in many languages. The languages I'm sure... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2014

We are not crazy about Messina but, if you find yourself there, climb the hill up to Christo Re. You will get your exercize for the day and will have some nice views of the harbor etc.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

If coming by cruise ship, your stay at port will be shorter than most stops. Luckily, there are several attractions nearby that you can walk to and spend 20-30 minutes at each. The Votive Temple of Christ the King is on a prominent hill and is one of the first things you notice coming into port. It is about 1.5km... More 

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