Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), Messina

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As both a current and historical art piece and functional device, Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico) offers quite the show at noon every day. At that time, the belfry’s mechanically-animated statues illustrate events from the civil and religious history of the city. Constructed in 1933 in Strasbourg, this clock measures up as perhaps the largest of its kind in the world. Repairs of such a complex machine proved quite expensive, and the bell tower no longer creates the sound in the original, mechanical way. You can climb the steps and understand more about the mechanism. Signs are in English. Show up early if you’d like to sit during the show. See Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico) and all Messina has to offer by arranging your trip with our Messina itinerary planner.
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  • A very unique church with an astronomical clock. People, tourists and locals both, gather for the noon show. Multi story bell tower with dancer figures. Wish I knew the story! Inside there were.....  more »
  • A lovely tower, reminded me of Prague or Kraków. Set in a large pedestrian square with restaurants all around.  more »
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  • Well worth the effort to get there in time for the once daily show from the bell tower. Absolutely amazing!
  • Make sure to be there for 12pm to hear the bell ring! It lasts for approx. 12 mins and is absolutely spectacular.
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