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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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  • It is large and white, stood out but nothing very different from other Italian churches, if you pass by there a jump please let us
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  • The first Basilica, imposing with its almost one thousand years. Then the crypt with the tomb of Saint Nicholas. beauty total, grants a framework that is not to say decent because the Holy means much more than that, but it is important.
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  • beautiful church, crypt, etcetera, monument that should not be missed, architecture, size, sense of depth, give it a try. Highly recommended
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  • 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 beautiful place, don't forget to go downstairs to see the St.Nicolas icons
  • 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.
  • Nice to visit it at 5 O´clock in the morning.
  • Spectacular ceiling which is a must see.