11 Sights in Messina, Italy (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Messina, Italy. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 11 sights are available in Messina, Italy.

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1. Don Giovanni d'Austria

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John of Austria or Don Giovanni d'Austria is a monumental sculpture in bronze, originally gilded, of John of Austria by architect and sculptor Andrea Calamech, a native of Carrara who trained in the Florentine workshop of Bartolomeo Ammannati. Its erection was decided by the Senate of Messina in 1571 to honor the victor of the Battle of Lepanto, from which many Messineses had benefited, and it was dedicated in 1572. William Stirling-Maxwell called it "one of the most effective monuments of sixteenth-century art". On the sides of the pedestal are bronze plaques depicting the fleet, the battle, and the fleet's victorious return to Messina as well as an inscription. John is figured holding a three-pronged baton in reference to his command of the triple alliance of Philip II, the Pope, and the Republic of Venice, with his foot on the severed head of a vanquished Turk generally considered to be M├╝ezzinzade Ali Pasha.

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2. Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata

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Santissima Annunziata Church is a church in Messina, Italy, built in the 18th century. Damaged by the December 28, 1908 earthquake, it was replaced by a church shack on the other side of the Camaro River. Reconstructed in the 1930s, not far from the original site, it consists of three naves, which are completely Romanesque. Inside, you can enjoy the famous painter Adolf Romano's 1919 good news canvas, four Baroque Paliotti, two 18th century statues of the Virgin and St. Louis, some 17th-18th century sacred vases, and various gilded wooden worship furniture, including an 18th century chair in the main attic.

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3. Chiesa del Carmine

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The "Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel", better known as Carmine Church, is a Roman Catholic church in Via Porta Imperiale, Messina, Sicily. It replaces the former church, which was razed by the 1908 Messina earthquake. Located close to the Tribunal, the Carmine Church was rebuilt in 1930 in the eighteenth century Baroque or Rococo style. Designed by the architect Cesare Bazzani, the church was reconsecrated on 15 July 1931.

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4. Chiesa di San Giovanni Gerosolimitano di Malta

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Chiesa di San Giovanni Gerosolimitano di Malta Michele Bassi / Public domain

The Church of St. John's St. Placido and Companion Martyrs of Jerusalem and Paladin in Malta is a place of worship in Messina, Italy, located in Via San Giovanni di Malta of Via San Giovanni di Malta. Belonging to the Archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Saint Lucia-del Mera, the central diocese of Messina, under the patronage of the Virgin of the Faith. It was once a Benedictine monastery and was originally built in Sicily.

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5. Fontana di Gennaro

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Fontana di Gennaro Michele Bassi / Public domain

The Aquarium Fountain - popularly called the Fontana di Gennaro - is a monument of Messina, dating back to the beginning of the seventeenth century. Initially located at the intersection of the course and the Via del Collegio, it is located today in the Piazzetta of the same name, between Corso Cavour and via XXIV Maggio. After the restoration works, in 2015 it was returned to the view of the city.

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6. Chiesa di Santa Caterina di Valverde

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Chiesa di Santa Caterina di Valverde Simon Praud / Public domain

The church of Santa Caterina di Valverde, also church of Santa Caterina Virgin and martyr, is a place of worship of Messina located in via Centonze near via Garibaldi. Belonging to the archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-San Lucia del Mela, Vicariate of Messina Centro under the patronage of the Madonna della Lettera, archpriest of Messina, parish of Santa Caterina di Valverde.

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7. Colonna dell'Immacolata

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The column of the Immaculate Conception or statue of the Immaculate Conception or spire of the Immaculate Conception or Obelisk of the Immaculate Conception is a monument of Messina placed in Piazza dell'Immacolata familiarly known and called in the city as a Immaculate Piazza di Marble, located on the north side of the cathedral at shoulders of the bell tower.

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8. Fontana di Orione

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The Fontana di Orione is a monumental fountain of Messina created by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli (1507-1563) pupil of Michelangelo, dating back to 1553 and performed in collaboration with Domenico Vanello, is located in Piazza Duomo.

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9. Duomo di Messina

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Messina Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Messina, Sicily. Formerly the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Messina, it became in 1986 the archiepiscopal seat of the Archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela.

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10. Orto Botanico Pietro Castelli

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The Orto Botanico "Pietro Castelli" dell'Università di Messina, also known as the Orto botanico di Messina, is a botanical garden operated by the University of Messina and located at Piazza 20 Settembre, Messina, Sicily, Italy.

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11. Forte Gonzaga

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Forte Gonzaga G. Picciolo / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Forte Gonzaga, also known as Castel Gonzaga, is a bastioned fort in Messina, Sicily. It was built in the mid-16th century, and it remained in use by the military until 1973. Today, the fort is in good condition.

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