Sacrario di Cristo Re

Messina, Italy

Sacrario di Cristo Re overlooks Messina from a hill that once was the site of a Roman acropolis and later a Norman castle dedicated to Richard the Lionheart. The neo-baroque structure was built in 1937 as a memorial to WWI casualties. It contains the bodies of about 1,000 soldiers. Next to the church is this 130 ton bronze bell. It was cast from melted down enemy cannons and it sits on a tower from the ruins of the Roccaguelfonia fortress.


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Founded: 1937
Category: Religious sites in Italy


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Jasim Hoque (17 months ago)
This place is fantastico! We visited here as part of a Mediterranean Cruise
Nour Wafik (20 months ago)
Really pretty scenery
Stephen Guild (3 years ago)
A long walk up but worth it for the wonderful views over the city and the straits.
Julia Korabelska (3 years ago)
The place was closed but there’s still a good panorama here.
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