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  • 1 Musée régional Interesting

    Museums and art

    Via della Libertà 465 I - 98100 Messina

    The regional museum displays works that date back to the Byzantine and Norman periods, and works by local artists, including a polyptich by the great Sicilian artist, Antonello da Messina. You can also see paintings by Caravaggio, dating from his vis..

  • 2 Astronomical clock Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo I - 98100 Messina

    Alongside the Dome, there is a 60m high bell tower containing an astronomical clock, made in Strasbourg in 1933, with moving figures showing the time, the days and the main periods of life. At midday, all of the figures move to accompany the music of..

  • 3 San Giovanni di Malta

    Religious buildings

    v. S. - Giovanni-di-Malta I - 98100 Messina

    This square building dates back to the late 16C. If you pause to look at the West façade, you will notice the white stone pilasters which give a pattern to the architecture, the niches and windows, and a gallery in the higher structure.

  • 4 San Francesco d'Assisi or the Immacolata

    Religious buildings

    v.le Boccetta I - 98100 Messina

    This church, with its monumental aspect, was rebuilt after the earthquake in 1908. Some of the original elements still remain, such as the stone apses, dating from the 13C, along which narrow arches open into the windows. The two broken arched doorwa..

  • 5 Monte di Pietà

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via XXIV Maggio I - 98100 Messina

    The Pawnbroker's in Messina is located in the late mannerist style palace. Partly destroyed by the earthquake in 1908, the upper level was never rebuilt, giving an unfinished aspect to the building. The most remarkable element in the building is its ..

  • 6 Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani

    Religious buildings

    v.le Garibaldi I - 98100 Messina

    Built in 1100 under Norman domination, the church was reworked in the 13C. The apse is a perfect example of the composite Norman style: Roman features, Arabic influences and Byzantine elements are harmoniously combined. The church's name refers to th..

  • 7 Santa Maria Alemanna

    Religious buildings

    v. S. - Maria I - 98100 Messina

    If you look beyond the building's dilapidated appearance, you will make out its original Gothic style, which is so rare in Sicily. Note the broken arches supported by groups of pilasters in the columns, surmounted by ornate capitals, which originally..

  • 8 Duomo

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo I - 98100 Messina

    The cathedral, founded by Roger II at the end of the 12C, was almost entirely destroyed by the earthquake in 1908, then burned in 1943. It has now regained its Mediaeval appearance, following extensive rebuilding work.

  • 9 Fontana di Orione

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Duomo I - 98100 Messina

    At the centre of the piazza del Duomo, this elegant, Florentine style 16C fountain is the work of the Tuscan, Montorsoli. Constructed in commemoration of the opening of an aqueduct, it represents four rivers: the Tiber, the Nile, the Ebro and... the ..

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