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  • Address: Largo Abate Elia 13, Bari, Italy
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday until 10 p.m.

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Basilica di San Nicola Tours

Bari is the capital city of Puglia in southern Italy and over its years as the most important port on the Adriatic it acquired a rich and varied architectural legacy. Chief among these is the landmark grandeur of the Basilica di San Nicola in Barivecchia, the centro storico that lies at the heart of the modern city. Some 150 years in the making, the cathedral was completed in 1197, when Bari was under Norman rule; it is a fine example of Puglian-Romanesque architecture with a squat, austere and simple façade. Inside there’s a fine mosaic floor, clearly showing Turkish influence, plus a fine altar and a carved 12th-century stone bishops’ throne, supported by comedic sagging figures. 

The basilica is a point of pilgrimage for both Catholic and Orthodox Christians as it contains the relics of St Nicholas, which were stolen in the 11th century from his original resting place in Myra in present day Turkey. He is patron saint of Bari but better known across the English-speaking world as Santa Claus or Father Christmas, provider of much excitement for children come December 24. His remains are found in the crypt, which is adorned with carved columns and gleaming icons; it is believed that myrrh seeps constantly from his body, a legend celebrated on December 6 along with solemn processions through the city. 

Practical Info

The Basilica di San Nicola is at Largo Abate Elia 13
 and is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday until 10 p.m. Admission is free. 

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Bari Street Food Walking Tour

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Private Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Class, Bari, Walking Tours
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Bari Street Food Bike Tour, Bari, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Bari Street Food Bike Tour

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Location: Bari, Italy
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Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Private Bari Street Food Tour by Rickshaw

Eat your way around Bari during a rickshaw tour of the city. As a private driver pedals you around the must-visit eateries of Bari Old Town, sit back and take ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: 2-Hour Bari Walking Tour, Bari, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Tour: 2-Hour Bari Walking Tour

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Explorer underrated Bari, a beautiful Italian metropolis in the Puglia region on this private tour. With an art historian/guide at your side, spend 2 hours ...  Read more

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Bari Vecchia City Tour, Bari, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Guided tour of Bari plus street food tasting experience.

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Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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