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    Basilica of S. Nicola: The Saint's Crypt . 5

    by hquittner Written Nov 15, 2005

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    There are 28 columns in the crypt
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    The crypt windows are of "translucent" marble or alabaster making it rather dark. There are 7x4 ancient columns and capitals all different in material, all hastily assembled from the numerous Greek ruins round about. There is a silver altar and the Saint's remains beneath behind a grille. Upon arrival the relics were exuding a liquid (which was called "manna") which had miraculous protective properties. The phenomenon and its effects have continued to this day.(Source :crypt condensation?). Small vials of this are provided to piilgrims in some manner . I did not see any place selling them, but we were told every believer in Bari keeps a vial in their home or on their boat. Obviously how the fluid is presently obtained is a church secret.
    The crypt is floored with a coarse but colorful mosaic tilework.

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    Basilica of S. Nicola: The Interior. 4

    by hquittner Written Nov 15, 2005

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    Ciborium, Monument  and tomb for Bona Sforza in ba
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    The nave and aisles are divided by marble columns with well carved capitals. 3 plain transverse arches add support. The ceiling is flat and has Baroque paintings. There is a large gallery above the aisles. A simple choir screen with 2 capital topped columns separates off the chancel which contains a fine ciborium. Behind this, difficult to see, is the fine 16C monument to Bona Sforza (once Queen of Poland and Duchess of Bari). Its sarcophagus is black, the rest is carved white marble.At one side is the magnificently sculpted Bishop's Throne (11C), supported by suffering Atlantes struggling to uplift the penitent (or a very fat bishop?).At the other side a space is reserved containing Eastern Orthodox icons for such pilgrims

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    Basilica of S. Nicola : The North & South Doors.3

    by hquittner Written Nov 15, 2005

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    Roaring lions hold tourists at bay
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    The North door is called the Porta Leoni because its lateral columns are supported by carved lions. The impost blocks of the columns have carved figures representing 2 of the labors of the months. The lintel , jambs and capitals are nicely figured as well. The carving of the Arch shows deeds of chivalry. The South door is similar in program but fate has not preserved it as well. The tympani are not worked.

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    Basilica of S. Nicola: the Outer walls. 2

    by hquittner Written Nov 15, 2005

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    N. Wall (lt) ,Gallery, N.Tower & Arch; S Gregorio
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    The N. & S. lateral walls are decoratedwith deep tall blind arcades that support fine galleries. In the 3rd bay on each side is a fine door. The . one s more elaborate. Both doorways show Byzantine influence and will be described later. The apsidial end is a flat wall with 8 mullioned 2 -light windows surrounding a central decorated bay window that illuminates the altar inside. The columns of this window are supported by elephants! Below is a fine carved bas -relief. The transepts are stubby.

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    Basilica of S.Nicola: The West Front. 1

    by hquittner Written Nov 15, 2005

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    Lower half of West Front
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    This Romanesque building was the first great Norman church built in Apulia. It was founded in 1087 to receive the relics of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) a revered Russian saint. They were stolen from the city of Myra (ancient Lycia of S. Turkey) by a crew of Barese sailors who overheard Venetians planning the same theft in Antioch and decided to beat them to it. The remains were wrapped in cloth because the sarcophagus was too heavy to move. (We have seen it in the museum in Antalya). The present day crypt was quickly built for the saint but the church was not completed until 1105 and the towers were never completed. The arrival day is celebrated by the famous Boat Procession each May 8 (Saints Day). St. Nic is patron of seamen, prisonners and children and is the patron St. of Russia.
    The facade is Norman French with sharp roof angles and dividing vertical pilasters that allow 3 doors to indicate nave and aisles. There are 8 balanced windows and an oculus. The central door gable is surmounted by a sphinx and haslateral columns supported by 2 bulls whose brass horns are long gone (only sockets remain).The bulls ,of course, pulling the cart of relics stopped right here, so that is where they built the church.

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    Visit the Castle and its museum

    by hquittner Written Nov 14, 2005

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    The Castle Defenses
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    The castle is an early 12C Norman defensive creation. Fred II strengthened and expanded it. It was his Apulian home until in his later years when he built the Castel del Monte (well worth a visit into the hinterlands). In this home he entertained St. Francis during the 1220's when the holy man returned from the Orient. Fred attempted to have Francis privately seduced by the sexiest female in his "harem". He failed. (Naked) Francis defended himself with hot coals. Todays castle contains a museum of antiquities (from local Greek colonies) and other relevant historical materials and I think works of art. I very much regret that our short stay did not give us the chance to enter(but like other regional museums I bet they do no permit photos). These shots were taken as we went by.

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    San Gregorio nearby

    by hquittner Written Nov 14, 2005

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    The South wall of S. Gregorio & Apse (rt).

    On the north flank of the square (Corti del Catapano), in which S. Nicola forms the east side, stands the oldest church (11C) in Bari ,San Gregorio. We did not have time to go in or even around to the West front. (So much for fast tours!). This is the South wall with a triple apse at the right. The apse was also seen as we approached S. Nicola from our bus at the Lungomare along the North side of that church. In the background is the unfinished S. tower of the Cathedral(which we also did not visit).

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    Teatro Petruzzelli

    by Bobbino Written Jul 1, 2005

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    It was built 1898-1903 by Onofrio Petruzzelli and Antonio Petruzzelli.

    In the night of 27th october 1991, a big fire (whose cause has remained uncertain)destroyed the Petruzzelli theatre, after that on the stage was represented the tragedy of the pyre of Norma and Pollione.

    Subsequently restored. Re-opening planned for 2005.

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    Learn a new language

    by karenincalifornia Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    Learning Serbian at the Bari ferry terminal

    What is there to do while you are waiting for the Bar-Bari ferry? Not much, but we improvised. Here we are studying our Serbian phrase book, so we could attempt to make some unintelligible sounds when we got to the other side of the Adriatic in Montenegro.

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    Coolin' our heels

    by karenincalifornia Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Standing guard over our 18-wheeler at Bari

    Most of our time in Bari was spent waiting in line to get our car on the ferry. We arrived at 5:00 p.m., but didn't drive onto the ferry until 10:30 pm (later than scheduled), and the ferry didn't finally leave port until midnight.

    The ferry was also used by truckers, which made driving our car in and out of the ferry quite interesting indeed. The ferry from Bari to Bar, Montenegro was packed to the gills. It was amazing to me how many cars and big rigs could be crammed onto that boat without sinking the boat in the middle of the Adriatic.

    Once you are on the ferry, you aren't permitted to go back down to your car, so make sure you take up everything you need for the overnight trip.

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    THE PROCESSION ON THE SEA

    by AliJoe Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    PHOTO : SHIP & BOATS AT SEA CLEBRATING THE TRADITIONAL CLEBRATION.

    'The Procession On The Sea', the traditional celebration which take place once a year in the first week of September. In these ceremony, the Saint Protector of the city will be carry from the boats. The traditional ceremony will start from Aroganes Castle and will be end at local Cathedral onshore. During these celebration and ceremony hundreds of local boats will accompanied the main boats which carries the Statues and Relics of Saint Protector. Onshore, the local people will having a great time...celebration normaly will be over nearly
    in the morning.

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    Still the Otranto mosaic!

    by ChrsStrl Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    The crypt with its frescoes smells of damp, though this is something that you would think they would guard against. Then we walk round the outside of the castle (being cleared from a film festival) where there had just been some violence between the lorry men and people in a black Mercedes. Blood on the floor and much shouting and thumping of the side of the lorry. We go on to the small Byzantine church, its outside plain, but well decorated inside. From there it is a short walk, stopping at the Bar Molo for caffe frappe, done properly, all blended into a milky creamy substance.

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    Visit Otranto.

    by ChrsStrl Updated Aug 26, 2002

    For some reason I remember the car park and the walk to the cathedral from four years ago - a seriously weird mind! Blazing sun and cool wind make a good combination, and the blue sea was a delightful turquoise backdrop. Through the land gate and the entry beyond it, pockmarked with bullet holes at the top. The cathedral is hidden away up the side street, next to the bell tower. The wind drops once inside the old town. We stand outside the cathedral with its well-carved roundel/ rose window, with figures below it.

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    Visit Otranto Church for the...

    by ChrsStrl Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Visit Otranto Church for the mosaic.
    Inside the Tree of Life is covered by chairs, it is a paradoxical situation in that most people come to see the mosaic with the pictures of heroes and hell, but it is still a church, not a tourist attraction.

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    The 'Il Castello Normanno -...

    by athenian80 Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    The 'Il Castello Normanno - Svevo - Aragonese' is a very interesting fortress of 12th century.It's under renovation.What i really enjoyed was that in the main room with medieval exhibits(books,scripts),medieval music was played...that was a very good idea.

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