messina-port

During our Mediterranean cruise back in November 2011 one of our ports of calls was the quiet Sicilian port town of Messina, which sits in the shadow of Mount Etna. While we wandered around looking for free wifi Nicole’s parents discovered the Chapel of the Sacrament Square whose bell tower houses one of the largest astronomical clocks in the world despite having originally been built in 1933 by the Ungerer Company of Strasbourg. Every day at noon the mechanically-animated statues go into motion depicting events from the city’s civil and religious history, and as can be imagined is a popular tourist attraction. They managed to grab some video for us which runs just under 2 minutes long.