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Basilica San Nicola, Bari

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Must see · Religious Site · Church
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 visit Basilica San Nicola during your Bari vacation using our convenient Bari trip website.
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  • Christians holy place. St. Nicolas cathedral is impressive. You can see amazing wedding ceremony on Sunday.  more »
  • Beautiful place to visit the tomb of st Nicholas. Lots of lovely places around to eat and drink. The cathedral itself is beautiful.  more »
  • Very nice and old place situated in lovely area. Old walls, wooden roof, antic paints- all this things look amazing. Downstairs crypt was pretty interesting. It's also place where is Queen Bona coffin. Near the church is very beautiful seaside. I can recommend to visit this place.
  • This is wonderful monument of Romanesque architecture and medieval history of XII century. The same time that Basilica is the Place of Religious Christian pilgrimage because in the crypt you are going to find the Holy Relics of Saint Nicholas. North portal decorated with the tympanum where you can see a lot of mounted and dismounted Norman Knights of XII century. That basilica is another trace of Norman culture and architecture in South Italy. Admission is free but any donation is welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
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