Basilica of San Nicola
Bari\'s beating heart.
In the heart of the historic center of Bari, the Basilica of San Nicola is the hub of the city, visited by pilgrims from all over the world and in particular from Eastern Europe.
Prototype of the Apulian Romanesque style, the Basilica was founded in the year 1000. Today it has been remodeled several times, today it shows the simplicity of the external façade, with its two slender towers, and the beauty of its furnishings surmounted by gilded wooden ceilings with the seventeenth-century paintings of the painter Carlo Rosa from Bitonto. A staircase leads to the crypt, which houses the tomb of St. Nicholas and the Russian Orthodox Chapel. Not to be missed are the Desk of Elijah, the medieval capitals, the ciborium, the silver altar and the seventeenth-century gold carvings.
The uninterrupted flow of devotees has increased over the years the treasure of the Basilica that collects precious votives, kept in the Nicolaian Museum along with parchments, epigraphs and illuminated manuscripts.
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