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Bari attractions

The city of Bari is home to the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the most revered Christian Saint. In addition, the Old quarter has remained unchanged. This is one of the largest neighborhoods in Europe that has completely preserved its medieval appearance. Here is located all the most interesting sights of Bari.

The earliest archaeological finds date back to the Bronze age and in the 5th century BC there was already a settlement of the ancient Greeks, surrounded by a fortress wall. After the war with Pyrrhus in the 3rd century BC, the Romans settled here. And after the collapse of the Roman Empire, the city was owned first by the Lombards, and then by the Byzantines. From Bari the Byzantine governors managed their possessions in Western Europe. The political and economic status of the city was very high.

After the Byzantines were expelled by the Normans, the importance of the city fell sharply and at this moment the bariyans, following the example of the Venetians, decided to steal (according to the bariyans – "save") the relics of some Christian Saint. This would improve the status of the city and ensure a constant influx of pilgrims. The choice fell on Saint Nicholas from the Lycian city of Myra (now the territory of Turkey).

In the spring of 1087, a ship with the relics of Saint Nicholas arrived in Bari. Since then, every year on May 9, the residents of Bari celebrate their arrival in the city. On the site where the Basilica of St. Nicholas is now located, the Governor`s Palace has been located since the time of Ancient Rome. A Crypt was built in the underground part of the Palace by 1089. The Relics of Saint Nicholas are still there today.

The construction of the Basilica itself began immediately. Parts of the Governor`s Palace were preserved during the construction of the Basilica, so its facade is not symmetrical. The construction was completed in 1105, but the Basilica of St. Nicholas was consecrated only in 1197. It is a magnificent example of the early Romanesque architectural style.

In 1813, the Neapolitan king Joachim Murat decided to leave intact the medieval quarter of Bari, and build a New City to the south of it. Thus a large quarter with narrow streets and cramped buildings was preserved. Here you can see dozens of medieval churches, and just feel the atmosphere of that era. Near the port, you should visit the Norman-Swabian castle – a magnificent example of fortification of the Middle ages. You should also visit the Archaeological Museum of St. Scholastica.

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The Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari was built on the site of the Palace of the Byzantine Governor. Side parts were built in the 9th 10th century
The Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari was built in 1089-1105
Sarcophagus with the relics of Saint Nicholas in the crypt of the Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari
Crypt of Saint Nicholas in the Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari
Romanesque facade of the Cathedral of Saint Sabinus in the old city of Bari
Interior of the Cathedral of Saint Sabinus in Bari
Columns divide the Cathedral of Saint Sabinus in Bari into three naves
The Norman-Swabian castle was founded in Bari in 1131 and in the following centuries was constantly expanded
Fortress wall of the Swabian castle in Bari
Entrance to the Norman-Swabian castle in Bari
Figures of mythical animals from the walls of the Romanesque cathedrals of Bari in the Glyptothek of the Norman-Swabian castle
Interior of the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari
Underground crypt in the Basilica of St. Nicholas, where the relics of St. Nicholas are located
Eustachius ciborius (1115) in the altar of the Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari
Ruins of the Byzantine Church of Santa Maria of the Good Council (9th century) in the old city of Bari
The entire Old city of Bari is mostly made up of these narrow, winding streets
Square in front of the Norman-Swabian castle in the old city of Bari
Ruins of the Byzantine Church of Santa Maria of the Good Council (9th century) in the old city of Bari
Seafront promenade in the old quarter of Bari
The archaeological Museum of Saint Scholastica of Bari is located in the building of a Benedictine monastery
Archaeological route in the Museum of Saint Scholastica, on the site where the first settlement was made in 3 thousand BC
Side of the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari
Church utensils from the Middle Ages from the Basilica of St. Nicholas in the Museum of St. Nicholas in Bari
Figures of mythical animals from the walls of the Romanesque cathedrals of Bari in the Glyptothek of the Norman-Swabian castle
Church goblets were presented to the Basilica of Saint Nicholas by king Charles I of Anjou in the 13th century at the Museum of Saint Nicholas in Bari