Piazza Del Duomo

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Piazza Del Duomo information

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Messina , Italy
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Outside the Duomo, you can't miss the 60m campanile and its incongruous astronomical clock, said to be the world's largest. Built in Strasbourg in 1733, it strikes at noon, setting in motion a procession of bronze automata that sets off a comical roaring lion and crowing cockerel. Climb the tower to see the enormous figures up close.

Facing the tower, the marble Fontana di Orione (1553) commemorates Orion, the mythical founder of Messina, while nearby on Piazza Catalani, the 12th-century Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani is a fine example of Arab-Norman construction.