Bari, St Nicholas Parade

Historical Parade of St Nicholas in Bari, AD 1087
Corteo Storico di San Nicola a Bari, 1087 d.C.
Bari (Apulia region)

May 9, AD 1087: the relics of St. Nicholas of Myra land in Bari, Italy, from Turkey. An incredible act of bravery by the local sailors, an event that changed the story of the city forever and relives today through a wealth of religious and civil initiatives and events combining history, culture and faith...

The Event

St. Nicholas of Myra is one of the most venerated saints by the Orthodox and Catholic Christians. Famous for his numerous miracles, virtuous life and considered the protector of sailors, he died in Myra around the year 350. His body was stolen by sailors from Bari who returned triumphantly to Bari on May 9 in 1087. The relics were placed in a crypt, and afterwards in the Basilica dedicated to the Saint. From the holy bones exudes miraculously a liquid called "manna", which is supposed to possess the healing properties.

Each year in May Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, celebrates the triumphant entrance of the sailors into the city in 1087. The solemn parade takes place, commemorating the arrival of the relics of St. Nicholas and involving hundreds of reenactors in faithfully reproduced period costumes. The event represents the arrival of the Saint, the courage of the sailors, a venture that has shaped relations between East and West.

Read more about St. Nicholas' life and miracles:

Read more about St. Nicholas' relics translation:

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

San Nicola Corteo Storico - official website

Bari City Council
Assessorato alle Culture, Turismo
Address: Via Venezia 41 70122 – Bari, Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)80 5773846

Basilica Pontificia San Nicola Bari
Tel.: +39 (0)80 5737111 | Fax: +39 (0)80 5737261

Image: Corteo San Nicola
Text: Corteo San Nicola, Basilica Pontificia San Nicola, Wikipedia, Bari City Council





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