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Basilica San Nicola, Bari

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A pilgrimage destination for Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians, Basilica San Nicola was constructed in the 11th and 12th centuries. The origins of the basilica are steeped in legend--one is that St. Nicolas passed by Bari on his way to Rome and declared that it would be his final resting place. Today, the structure houses one of the most notable Romanesque sculptural works in southern Italy: a bishop's throne. Walk over mosaic pathways and between the two vast towers that give the church the appearance of a castle. It actually was used as a castle on four separate occasions. Plan to see Basilica San Nicola and other attractions that appeal to you using our Bari itinerary builder.
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  • If you're in Bari, this church is a must do. Amazing architecture with beautiful paintings on the walls despite the fact that the building is old. Really worth the visit.  more »
  • A very important church, beautiful to see at night. I recommend to drink a spritz in one of the near bar and enjoy the beauty of this church  more »
  • Beautiful church, less ornate with wonderful chapel below we watched beginning of a wedding which seems to be popular place for the people here.  more »
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  • Please Google "Basilica San Nicola" before you visit this place, it's an interesting e perience after you know its history and other details... other than that, common architecture.
  • Just do not miss it. This basilica is the most important place in Bari and an holy place for both Catholics and Orthodox pilgrims. In the crypt you can see the Saint's grave.
  • Very nice ceiling, worth visiting place.
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  • Ancient basilica. The crypt is where St. Nicholas' remains are. Every year they exude oil which is in turn placed in beautifully painted bottles and sold in the gift shop.