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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 very suggestive, meeting point between East and West. We were lucky enough to attend an Orthodox rite
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  • Amazing architecture in central location to the old town of Bari. Very interesting is that it has an Orthodox in the basement Division and global in the main part of the Church. In the basement there is the crypt with the remains of Saint Nicholas.
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  • This Basilica in Romanesque style is really a gem in BARI. One can not visit, because there it leaves the heart. The crypt invites to prayer and meditation. We got during Sunday mass, during which you still can visit the crypt. An architectural Marvel, who feel strong emotions. for us it was so.
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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.