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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  • August 18, 2017
    Visited the Basilica two times. During the second visit, we were lucky to attend the service. Thereafter, the access to the tomb of Saint Nicolas was opened.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Good place to visit if you are a fan of churches i guess. Myself did not find anything too spectacular.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The visit is a blast from the past in the "House" of that Saint Nicholas symbol of Union between East and West. For those who pass from Bari
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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.

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