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Bari consists of the old town, the 19th-century area and the modern city.
The old city has typical narrow winding, cobbled streets; the new part grew all around this ancient nucleus since 1813. Stroll through this pedestrian area, visiting Piazza Mercantile, Via Venezia, the small Byzantine church of S.Gregorio, the Baroque S.Teresa dei Maschi and the medieval churches of Vallisa and S.Maria del Buon Consiglio.
The 12th-century cathedral of S.Sabino in Romanesque-Apulian style has a gothic facade and in the interior, a beautiful Odigitria icon.
The impressive Castello Svevo was built by Frederick II on earlier Byzantine and Norman fortifications.
The present appearance is the result of the modifications carried out by the Aragonese in the 1500s.
The 11th-century Basilica of San Nicola, the final resting place for the bones of St. Nicholas, is the symbol of Bari. The Basilica's construction began in 1087 and was terminated in 1187. It has an imposing limestone facade, interesting furnishings of the presbytery, a 12th-century floor mosaic and an elaborate ciborium, the oldest of its kind in Apulia. In the right transept is a silver altar embossed with the miracles of the saint.
The Museo Archeologico Provinciale contains Classical finds, and a prehistoric section.