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From the perimeter of the inhabited area, a reconstruction was attempted based on the necropolis discoveries and sporadic finds of various remains. A small sanctuary was identified, with ceramics dating back to around the 8th Century to the 6th Century BC. A statue Acefala of Igea and other works or art are preserved in the National Museum. The currency dating back to the 5th Century BC is of great artistic and general interest.

Regardless of the destruction caused by various earthquakes and the grave damage provocated by the heavy aerial bombardments of 1943, Messina has managed to preserve a good part of its monuments, one by one tenaciously rebuilt after these tremendous experiences; like the Norman Cathedral (1160), strengthened by modern bell towers, with astronomical clocks, work of the Strasburg brothers, Ungerer (1933), and the Gothic Church of San Francesco, with apses from the 8th Century.
Other buildings were also restored, like the Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani (from the 7th and 8th Centuries), Arabian-Norman jewels of art, with Byzantine components, the Church of Santa Maria Alemanna (remains 8th Century).
The beautiful 6th Century fountains of Nettuno (Neptune) and Orione (Orion) by G. A. Montorsoli are also notable, together with the bronze monument (1572), of Don Giovanni d’Austria (the victor of the Lepanto (Nafpaktos) battles), the Sanctury Montalto and the Votive Temple of Christ the King.

The National Museum is rich in works of art recuperated from churches and convents destroyed by the earthquake: Polittico of san Gregorio by Antonello da Messina (1473), the Resurrection of Lazarus and the Nativity of Caravaggio, sculptures by Francesco Laurana and the Gagini School.

The numerous touristic settlements along the coast (Taormina to name but one), and more recently, the Eolie Islands, are visited by a constant flow of Italians and tourists of other nationalities.

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