October 24, 2005 we sailed from Venice, Italy aboard
the Costa Victoria. We sailed south in the
Adriatic Sea along the coast of Italy. On
October 25, 2005 we arrived in Bari, Italy which is
the second largest city in Southern Italy.
View of Bari from the
the location of Bari, Italy in the Adriatic Sea.
the coast of
the city of Bari, Italy
(Coat of Arms of Bari)
The first part of the tour we took
was on a bus.
The following pictures are what we saw
from the bus.
The bus dropped us off in the Old
Town section of Bari and we walked nearby to the Piazza
Mercantile for the start of our walking tour. Below
are photos of the Piazza Mercantile area.
As we were walking to the Basilica
di San Nicola we saw this fortino:
Click on this
image to see an enlarged version of the inscription that
was on the building.
While we were
on our walking tour, we were escorted by a couple of
police officers on bikes. We are not sure why this
was. They also directed the traffic in front of the
buses earlier in the tour. With the traffic we saw
in Bari, this was probably necessary or the cars would
have kept cutting off the slower moving buses.
Basilica di San Nicola
The main feature of the walking
tour was the Basilica di San Nicola (Saint Nicolas).
Below are the photos of the church:
Outside of the church
is this Russian Orthodox statue of San Nicola.
(There was a bunch of construction behind the statue
so I edited it out.)
The statue was installed in 2003.
East facade: 14th century
relief showing scenes of Nicholas' life.
The 17th century ceiling of nave in the church. (by Carlo
church's pipe organ
Painting of the Virgin and
Child with Saints
We went downstairs in the
church to the crypt area (11th century).