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Annunziata dei Catalani Church

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Address: Piazza dei Catalani, Via Garibaldi, Messina, Sicily, Italy
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The Catalans church in Messina

This church is small and leave a strong impression of sobriety both at the outside and inside. It is not a crowded church. Nearby is a beautiful cafe and the monument of Juan de... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2016
Sorin D
Bucharest (Romania)
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

Unfortunately the church was closed and the doors locked so I could not go in. Would have loved to with it's history...

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Bucharest (Romania)
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

This church is small and leave a strong impression of sobriety both at the outside and inside. It is not a crowded church. Nearby is a beautiful cafe and the monument of Juan de Austria, winner of Lepanto.

Thank Sorin D
Messina, Italy
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

According to local historians, the church was built before the Norman age on the ruins of a pagan temple dedicated to Neptune, or Venus. In reality the system has similarities with Sicilian ecclesiastical buildings, not prior to the Norman conquest, such as the basilica cruciform trend of the plant and the overhang of the presbyterial masses. In the first half... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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Reviewed 12 June 2016

i did not go inside. I could not find a way in. But I would look at it if you enjoy looking at ancient building. Not far from the cathedral.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

This church is reputed to be the only building in the city to have survived the 1908 earthquake. It was built in the 13th century and has Arab influences in its architecture. It is dark and fairly empty inside, but beautiful on the outside. One of Caravaggio's paintings hung here.

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Island of Gozo, Malta
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Reviewed 25 September 2015

This very old church is built at the previous street level, the one that was before the earthquake. It is 3m below the current street level. Messina is literally built upon the ruins of the previous buildings. There was no cleanup of the rubble.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 13 September 2015

Probably the oldest church in Messina, very interesting from the outside with arabic influences (there were also Arab inscriptions decorating the door's frames), simple interior.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

Pretty to look at but I wouldn't spend a lot of time here. Not much history to it as far as we say and the Duomo is obviously more impressive.

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

This is one of the oldest churches in Messina; it is below street level and is accessed by a short flight of stairs. There is a accessible stair lift at the opposite side to the entrance but I didn't see it in action so can't comment further. The architecture is stunning, and the interior is beautifully decorated - well worth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2015

this is a relic of multi-national messina, when each community had their own church, in this case the catalans. the church is nearly 1000 years old and well kept and well restored and it has survived several earthquakes, hence its being below street level as messina was rebuilt on the ruins after each earthquake. worth a vist

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