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Palazzo Simi: the civic museum of Bari and the history of the city kept underground
Palazzo Simi is a building located in the heart of Bari vecchia built in 1500 on the remains of a Byzantine style church, in turn built on the remains of Roman structures; inside are preserved objects found during excavations such as ancient coins and ceramics of different types, carved stones and vessels of a funerary nature (dating even to prehistoric times) found not only on Bari and its surroundings but also in different areas of the Apulian territory .
But to make your visit to Palazzo Simi even more suggestive will be its basement. Going down into the subsoil (almost 3 meters deep) you can observe what remains of the ancient Byzantine church dedicated to San Gregorio de Falconibus, that is the three apses with the altar, as well as an ancient Roman style (also recognizable by the typical flooring of the time), an ancient oven and the remains and of a Romanesque style church built on the previous Byzantine one.
Therefore, for history lovers, this medieval palace holds many surprises thanks to an interesting intertwining of eras that will make you take a crazy leap back in time; it is no coincidence that this building is the third stop on the characteristic route dedicated to Bari sotterranea .
As we said before Palazzo Simi is located in the heart of the historic center of Bari , a couple of blocks from the splendid Cathedral of San Sabino (another wonderful attraction of old Bari ) . Obviously you have to get there on foot, but in order not to get lost in the alleys of the historic center, the advice that BariExperience can give you is to enter the ancient village from Via Benedetto Petrone, that is the road that begins with the end of Via Sparano, at the corner with Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
Entrance to the civic museum is FREE, however it is also possible to book a interesting guided tour .
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