Si Trova: a Messina
Lat: 38° 11' 32.23319" N - Long: 15° 33' 18.17061" E
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The view of the facade of the Messina Cathedral is breath-taking.
It has three magnificent gothic portals.
Built in the twelfth century by Ruggero's disposition, it was consecrated many years later, in the presence of Emperor Henry VI.
With the earthquake of 1908, the Norman structures were highlighted, during the centuries them had been hidden by various interventions.
In 1948 the Duomo suffered further damage due to the Anglo-American bombing.
It was awarded the title of minor basilica by Pope Pius XII.
The interior is divided by two rows of thirteen columns; At the bottom is an imposing mosaic of Christ Pantocrator.
In the right transept there is a picturesque row of statues depicting the apostles.
The monumental organ is the second largest in Italy, with 5 keyboards, 170 registers and 16,000 pipes; it has an incredible wealth of color registers; it is to be considered among the most complete and interesting musical instruments all over the world.
Behind the organ there is a tombstone of the archbishop Palmer coeva at the foundation of the Duomo.
The treasure of the Duomo boasts a rich collection of precious religious objects whose manufacture dates back to the medieval period.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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