Visit a sacred place in the city of Bari: the Basilica of San Nicola, in the heart of Bari Vecchia
Probably one of the first things to visit in Bari is the Basilica.
Built and consecrated in 1197, the Basilica of San Nicola is one of the main symbols of the city of Bari and is one of the oldest and most expressive monuments of the Apulian Romanesque style.
The Basilica , dedicated to the saint San Nicola (patron saint of the city of Bari) houses his relics in the crypt, exactly under the central covered altar from floor mosaics with precious materials.
The grandeur of the structure allows the Basilica to be visible even from a long distance, for example from the seafront of Bari or walking on the wall that runs along the oldest part of the city.
If you are interested in experiencing the centuries-old history of the Basilica more closely and are curious to look at objects and finds historical, you can go to the Nicolaiano Museum right near the Basilica; inside you can admire various paintings, parchments, chalices and documents of historical value that have characterized the events of San Nicola and its Basilica.
The Basilica of San Nicola is located in the ancient village of Bari, the old city (also known as Bari vecchia), an area that saw its rebirth in the 1990s with major renovations and which has now become a destination fixed for the many tourists (including many cruise passengers given the proximity to the port) who crowd Bari and its historic center every day.
Do you want to learn more about the history of the Basilica?
Here are some useful links suggested by the blog:
Site of the Basilica
Site of the Nicolaiano Museum
Where is the Basilica of San Nicola located?
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