Messina Cathedral: Overall view, from the Piazza del Duomo with the Fountain of Orion in foreground



Before damage and restoration; the side volutes on the facade have been removed.

The Cathedral (12th century), contains the remains of King Conrad, ruler of Germany and Sicily in the 13th century. The building had to be almost entirely rebuilt in 1919-1920, following the devastating 1908 earthquake, and again in 1943, after a fire triggered by Allied bombings. The original Norman structure can be recognized in the apsidal area. The fa├žade has three late Gothic portals, the central of which probably dates back to the early 15th century. The architrave is decorated with a sculpture of Christ Among the Evangelists and various representations of men, animals and plants. The tympanum dates to 1468. The interior is organized in a nave and two equally long aisles divided by files of 28 columns. Some decorative elements belong to the original building, whereas the mosaics in the apse are reconstructions.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Duomo di Messina

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Cathedrals

  • Fountains

  • Architecture

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Norman

  • Gothic (Medieval)

Place of Creation
  • Messina

  • Messina, Sicily, Italy

  • +38.192177+15.555398

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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