PHOTO : SAILOR MONUMENT..IN...
PHOTO : SAILOR MONUMENT..IN RUDDER SHAPE.
Crossing the Pigonati Channel you enter the main port. Naturally this port divided into two, West and East coves. At this point can't miss the Italian's Sailor Monument which built in 1933. The Rudder Shape of Monument are related to Sailor daily life.
Historical buildings of the Borgo Murattiano
The main symbolical historical buildings in this area are:
- the Mincuzzi Warehouse (via Sparano 70),symbol of the Barese commerce set in the heart of Bari,was projected in 1920 in Liberty style.Characterized by a gold-plated dome,by an Art Noveau internal architecture and by valuable materials for the decorations,it has been for many years the seat of one of the most prestigious and exclusive high fashion shops in Bari,a "temple of elegance";since 2002,it is the seat of a simple Benetton shop.
- the Banca d'Italia Palace (Corso Cavour 4),situated between the Camera di Commercio and the Petruzzelli Theatre,was projected by the engineer Accolti Gil and inaugurated in 1932.
- the Camera di Commercio Palace (Corso Cavour 2) was built in 1889 in Art Noveau style to house the institution of the "Camera Consultiva di Commercio di Bari",founded in 1849 during the reign of Ferdinando II with the target of elevating the economical level of the city.
- the Fizzarotti Palace (Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 193),in Neo-Gothic venetian style,was built in 2 different phases: the ground and first floor were built in the XIX century;the other floors were added in the first years of the XX century on the initiative of the local banker Emanuele Fizzarotti who committed the works to A.Corradini and E.Bernich.It's particularly interesting the first floor decorated by a scene that represent the incoming of the Venetians to set free Bari from the Saracens in 1002.
- the Acquedotto Pugliese Palace (via Cognetti 36,behind the Petruzzelli Theatre;INFO: Admission free;visit on booking or every Saturday-Sunday 10-12,closed on July and August;www.aqp.it),Barese seat of the Apulian Aqueduct Body,was projected by Cesare Brunetti and inaugurated in 1932.The artistical heritage,characterized by a great refinement,of this building by the master Duilio Cambellotti,the "artist-craftsman" who dealed with the internal decorations and furniture inspired to the water theme,using valuable materials and looking for every detail,really deserves a visit.
"The origins of Bari"
The origins of Bari are very old, but not well established. Items dating to the Bronze Age have been found in the oldest part of the town; however, most of the historians agree that the town has been founded between 1600 and 1100 B.C. by Illyrians, coming from the Balcanian peninsula, on the opposite side of the Adriatic sea. The name probably derives from that of Barione, the leader of one of these Illyrian groups.
The first reliable information on Bari dates back to the 4th century B.C. when it went under the Roman rule. In the following centuries it had a special relation with Rome and Tito Livio underlined its strategic importance.
Bari is now the first city and administrative capital of the Apulia region (South-East of Italy), with about 350,000 inhabitants.