Cathedral of Messina
This was the terminal point for me where I decided to get off the bus, and wander off into the parade. However, what first caught my attention was what stood right in the middle of this square in Messina- a beautiful and archaic Clock Tower. And what amazed the most was how the entire procession stopped just a few seconds before the clock struck 12, with the afternoon sun shining upon us all. And what followed this proved that this was a true mechanical and astronomical masterpiece as the bell door opened up and Ave Maria played in the background, with Jesus on a cross at the end of those few reveling minutes. For me there couldn't have been a better start to my journey through age old doors of the Cathedral of Messina. As I entered, I was enamored by not just its religious craft but the miracles made by man's creativity and art under the influence of medieval European culture. Whether it was the timber ceiling or the absolutely marvelous paintings, it was truly an awe-struck moment of my trip!
Fontana di Orione
The Orion Fountain was what completed my trip into a true Italian experience! Fountains, that represented four rivers of the past over which you could wish on, was standing right before me and I couldn't decide which one was my favourite moment, the Bell Tower or this Orion Fountain. Beautiful reliefs and scultptures were carved in true Italian finesse which were a treat to my eyes. Yet the way the fountain was designed, I was too excited to throw my coin and wish on the sparkling waters of Fontana di Orione.
Cimitero monumentale di Messina
While most of those who heard the tales of this travel had a quizzical mark when I mentioned about visiting a cemetery, as the drilled me with questions of some tragic love ballad that was forgotten and repressed or as a historical inquisition for no one understood my reason to visit a cemetery! But this experience is something I can't explain for it were my eyes that guided my feet! It was the sight of some spectacular, even forgotten, not tombs but sculptures from biblical stories over the graves of some great men that led me to discover this architectural marvel. A true spiritual yet artistic experience.