Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria Sights

Advertisement

Guidebooks

Basilica di San Nicola

Basilica di San Nicola Review

In the città vecchia, overlooking the sea and just off Via Venezia, is the Basilica di San Nicola, built in the 11th century to house the bones of Saint Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa Claus. His remains, buried in the crypt, are said to have been stolen by Bari sailors from Myra, in what is now Turkey, where Saint Nicholas was bishop. The basilica, of solid and powerful construction, was the only building to survive the otherwise wholesale destruction of Bari by the Normans in 1152.

Updated: 02-27-2013

Fodorite Reviews

Be the first to review this property

Advertisement

View more trip reports

  • SmartPhone Europe to USA

    Help!! I am leaving on a Cruise out of Venice in 3 weeks and I keep getting the wrong information regarding the use of my Apple iPhone. The cruise goes to Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, and Spain. Ends Read more

View more travel discussions

· News & Features

View more blog stories