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Basilica di San Nicola

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Published 05/06/2016

Fodor's Review

The 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola, overlooking the sea in the città vecchia, houses the bones of Saint Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa Claus. His relics were stolen from Myra, in present-day Turkey, by a band of sailors from Bari and are now buried in the crypt. Because Saint Nicholas is also the patron saint of Russia, the church draws both Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox pilgrims; souvenir shops in the area display miniatures of the Western saint and his Eastern counterpart side by side.

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Piazza San Nicola, Bari, Apulia, 70122, Italy

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  • Mon.–Sat. 7 am –8:30 pm, Sun. 7 am–10 pm

Published 05/06/2016


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