Clockwork Messina

Clockwork Messina

A detail of the bell tower of Messina. I was looking through some old shots the other day and I loved the elegance of this shot, even if it was sweltering when I took the picture.

The cockerel crows every midday and midnight in the Piazza Duomo of Messina. He begins an elaborate dance of clockwork which acts out different elements of Messina’s history and mythology.

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    1. Yes that is a cockerel and it has a pretty mean crow too!! There is also a lion that roars, a choir singing Ave Maria and many other ornamental clockwork sculptures that move and act out different events from Messina’s history all wonderfully symbolic but too elaborate for the many tourists who roast in the midday sun to see it every day. (I’d blog about it but it may bore people to death, but at least they could see it from the comfort of their own home!)

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    1. Yes they do, the cockerel crows, a mechanical choir sings ‘Ave Maria’ and many other clockwork parts play out significant events in the city’s history, all very quaint and symbolic. Every day a midday and midnight.

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