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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Beautiful basilica with chapel of the relics of San Nicola. A beautiful site to visit and explore the art work. Open to public for most of the day, it was easier than expected to access. No tickets required. There's a gift shop located outside but no public restrooms. Be mindful as it is located in the old city and some parking sharks will try to get you away from the parking spots. Easy to park along the water and free parking on Sundays.
The only church that combines russian orthodox and catholic faith. San Nicolas beings presents to the world, but is also the most important saint in Russia.
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