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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Basilica San Nicola Reviews
La chiesa di San Nicola tanto amata dai russi perché pare che le spoglie di San Nicola siano state trafugate dalla russia. Una basilica da vedere e visitare anche la cripta. more »The church of St. Nicholas so loved by the Russians because it seems that the guile of St. Nicholas was stolen from Russia. A basilica to see and also visit the crypt.
Insieme alla cattedrale è l'altro, incredibile monumento della città vecchia che dischiude tutto il fascino del romanico pugliese. Bellissima ed armoniosa la facciata, racchiusa tra due torrioni mozzi... more »Together with the cathedral is the other, incredible monument of the old city that opens up all the charm of the Romanesque Puglia. The facade is beautiful and harmonious, enclosed between two tower hubs! don't miss the evening vision when the lighting reveals the surprising candor of the exterior!
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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