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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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  • I have visited this basilica originally no more interest than the architectural. Your ceilings, walls and arches of the interior have surprised me really. Yet not so much as the atmosphere that reigns in the Tomb where lie the remains of Saint Nicholas. I was surprised the devotion of the present toward this so revered Saint in many parts of the world. It is worth the visit and read the story of St. Nicholas from a special place.
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  • This is the main, the greatest and the biggest cathedral in Bari. Its architecture leaves you speechless for a half of an hour. Wonderful! 
  • Exceptional architecture, especially the beautiful enterence . Beautiful ceiling . The tomb of Nicola is impressive with pink marble floors and pillars. The orthodox Capella is small but very nice . 
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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.