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Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

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Address: Piazza Duomo, 98122, Messina, Sicily, Italy
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The large Piazza Del Duomo with the beautiful Church of Metropolis

A magnificent belfry (bell tower) 60 meters high, with moving golden statues. If you go to the piazza and look up to the large Campanile, the hour is marked by the largest and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kostas O
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A magnificent belfry (bell tower) 60 meters high, with moving golden statues. If you go to the piazza and look up to the large Campanile, the hour is marked by the largest and most complex mechanical and astronomical clock in the world. I think... You can also see the carousel of the gilded bronze statues, placed in its construction. And... More 

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Or Yehuda, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

So it seems that my wife and I missed out on all the good stuff that the clock tower has to offer, and I seriously blame my tour guide for that. We arrived in Messina at the Votico church promenade at 12:10 and after a brief but wonderful visit at this promenade (see my tripadvisor review), our tour guide took... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

You need to spend a little time watching this tower to see what is so special. Depending on the time, different movements, and then walk to the side to see the timeline clock.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

All the tourists gather in the piazza a little before noon for the show. The clock tower, attached to the cathedral (dedicated to St. Mary of the Assumption) does it's thing at noon everyday, and it is crowded. There are 7 levels of moving sculptures, and they move in turn during the 12 minute display. The lion roars, the cock... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

People gather at around noon n the plaza to see and hear the bells and figures move around the tower. Clever.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The Astronomical Clock display at noon is quite the show to watch! It is a do-not-miss-in-Messina spectacle and draws quite the crowd. This is the biggest and most complex mechanical and astronomical clock in the world. It was inaugurated in 1933 and the show lasts 12 minutes, so be prepared for a little neck strain! But the best part is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

The astronomical clock is impressive by itself, very beautiful and detailed. I went there on a free walking tour, and we were lucky enough to see the show it does at midday, which was not that spectacular, but very interesting to see, as hundreds of people gather together to see this show. Also, it is located in a square full... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Don't recall ever seeing a bell tower with an astrological clock prior to this one. Go with a guide to get a full explanation or read up on it in advance (or when there if you have free data with T-Mobile; the coverage is generally great in port cities in Europe)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Really beautiful piece of history with an amazing show at noon. If you are in messina then do not miss it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We unfortunately, didn't make it at the clock tower at noon, but the sight was wonderful. The stunning detail is a must see. The church in the square is a must see as well. Try to be there for noon, if you can. Beautiful square to relax and enjoy.

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