The Basilica seen across the piazza through the Angevin Arch

The Basilica seen across the piazza through the Angevin Arch

Postcard, St Nicholas Center Collection

Basilica di San Nicola

Roman Catholic

Bari, Apulia

Italy

The Basilica was built after the relics of St Nicholas were brought from Myra in Asia Minor to Bari in 1087. Completed in the mid-12th century, it has been a major place of pilgrimage ever since. Pilgrims come from all over, especially Eastern Europe and Russia. Priests place prayer intentions received at the basilica next to the altar in the crypt. Since 1951 the basilica has been home to a community of Dominican Friars.

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The Basilica seen across the piazza through the Angevin Arch
Principal statue of San Nicola
This 17th-18th century painting is taken out to sea during the May Festival
St. Nicholas tomb under the altar in the crypt
14th century Byzantine icon in the crypt
Orthodox Chapel in the Crypt of the Basilica di San Nicola