Bari has still on its skin the scars of its thousand-years old history.
A manysided city, child of the succession of many different dominations that contribuited to its urban development, each one according to its own stylistic, artistic and social-cultural peculiarities.
These varoius views of the same city rubbed off on the present concept of Bari.
Today the profile of Bari represents the original product of the interchange between dark times and years full of glory and magnificence.
The only denominator in common is the visceral relationship with the sea, vivid bond that has threatened, protected and marked this city’s fate since the first colonies, back to the Bronze Age (around 4000 years ago) until the realization of the Murat district, under Gioacchino Murat’s command.
The arrival of Saint Nicolas’ bones in the Apulian amministrative center, on Sunday May the 9th 1087, marks a break in Bari’s history. The presence of the Saint’s relics in between the town walls elevated Bari rank from anonymous harbour on the Adriatic sea to pilgrimage destination, door of the East and commercial knot of primary importance.