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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 visit Basilica San Nicola during your Bari vacation using our convenient Bari trip website.
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  • Very nice church. We came just as a wedding was starting. Beautiful music and song. Worth a visit any time. Organ was playing wedding march at full trottle. 
    Very nice church. We came just as a wedding was starting. Beautiful music and song. Worth a visit any time. Organ was playing wedding march at full trottle.  more »
  • Worth a visit. Bari is a very lively, diverse and historical place to visit. Had a great short break. 
    Worth a visit. Bari is a very lively, diverse and historical place to visit. Had a great short break.  more »
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  • Nice. A nearby cat said the Falcon 9 rocket configuration was inspired by the lights in this church. I wasn't convinced but I can see their point. Really not to be missed even if it takes walking all the way from the station.
  • This is the wreckage of the ship on which the relics of St. Nicholas were transported to Bari. Also in the church there is a throne over the relics of St. Nicholas. Behind the bars, under the bedspread, there is a hole through which once a year on May 9, precious ointment is pumped out with a special syringe from the relics of the Saint, every year about 200-250 grams (milliliters) of ointment come. Then it is diluted with clean water and distributed to pilgrims, though for money.

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