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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Stephen Guild (11 months ago)
A long walk up but worth it for the wonderful views over the city and the straits.
Sumit Roy (2 years ago)
One of the important places to visit in Messina. The view from up there is awesome. The church itself is a great architectural delight. It's historical and cultural. Walking all the way up there was an experience. Stay some time there and relax. Have coffee ☕. Don't forget to take pictures. The view in moonlit night is extraordinary
Phyllis Cook (2 years ago)
Beautiful building to visit with lots of interesting items to see.
Clinci Andreea Catalina (2 years ago)
My favorite place ever
Russell Clark (3 years ago)
A peaceful, simple and evocative memorial to those Italian soldiers who lost their lives in the allied attack on Messina. Go to reflect on the impact of war not just to look at the view of the town and harbour.
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