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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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Quite beautiful and serene

What a beautiful place, Quetta and reflective cool and calming. Just beautiful taken a few minutes to forget the modern pace of life and take in the calming atmosphere.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hereford, United Kingdom
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An unscheduled stop on the QM2, no one told the locals - everywhere was shut until the word of mouth got around, by which time we were heading back to the ship!

Thank romeo017
Hereford, United Kingdom
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful place, Quetta and reflective cool and calming. Just beautiful taken a few minutes to forget the modern pace of life and take in the calming atmosphere.

Thank Nenners56
Chicago, Illinois
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409 reviews
268 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
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...

Thank catsforkids
Bucharest (Romania)
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139 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
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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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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 

2 Thank sondago
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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325 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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.

Thank Jim C
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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101 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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134 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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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267 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank GLS-ALS
Johannesburg, South Africa
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219 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
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.

Thank Kirsten Z

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