30 Facts About Bari


Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, southern Italy.

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The first historical bishop of Bari was Gervasius who was noted at the Council of Sardica in 347.

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Until the arrival of the Normans, Bari continued to be governed by the Longobards and Byzantines, with only occasional interruption.

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In 1025, under the Archbishop Byzantius, Bari became attached to the see of Rome and was granted "provincial" status.

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In 1071, Bari was captured by Robert Guiscard, following a three-year siege.

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The saint began his development from Saint Nicholas of Myra into Saint Nicholas of Bari and began to attract pilgrims, whose encouragement and care became central to the economy of Bari.

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Control of Bari was seized by Grimoald Alferanites, a native Lombard, and he was elected lord in opposition to the Normans.

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Bari later did homage to Roger II of Sicily, but rebelled and was defeated in 1132.

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Bari was occupied by Manuel I Komnenos between 1155 and 1158.

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Bari was awakened from its provincial somnolence by Napoleon's brother-in-law Joachim Murat.

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Under this stimulus, Bari developed into the most important port city of the region.

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On 11 September 1943, in connection with the Armistice of Cassibile, Bari was taken without resistance by the British 1st Airborne Division, then during October and November 1943, New Zealand troops from the 2nd New Zealand Division assembled in Bari.

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Bari preserved many tissue samples from autopsied victims at Bari.

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Port of Bari was again struck by disaster on 9 April 1945 when the Liberty ship Charles Henderson exploded in the harbour while offloading 2000 tons of aerial bombs .

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Bari is the largest urban and metro area on the Adriatic.

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Bari has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers.

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Bari is divided into five municipalities, constituted in 2014.

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Bari Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Sabinus of Canosa, was begun in Byzantine style in 1034, but was destroyed in the sack of the city of 1156.

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Russian Church of Saint Nicholas, in the Carrassi district of Bari, was built in the early 20th century to welcome Russian pilgrims who came to the city to visit the church of Saint Nicholas in the old city where the relics of the saint remain.

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The average age of Bari residents is 42 compared to the Italian average of 42.

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Bari is a port city, making it historically important because of its strong trade links with Greece, North Africa, and the eastern Mediterranean.

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The highest percentage of Bari's working population is employed in services, with 45.

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Bari's cuisine is based on three typical agricultural products found within the surrounding region of Apulia, namely wheat, olive oil and wine.

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Pasta al forno, a baked pasta dish, is very popular in Bari and was historically a Sunday dish, or a dish used at the start of Lent when all the rich ingredients such as eggs and pork had to be used for religious reasons.

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Dialect of Bari belongs to the upper-southern Italo-Romance family, and currently coexists with Italian; generally these are used in different contexts.

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Bari has an old fishery port and a so-called new port in the north, as well as some marinas.

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The Port of Bari is an important cargo transport hub to S E Europe.

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Bari-Igoumenitsa is a popular ferry line to Greece, some cruise ships anchor in Bari too.

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Guido Guerrieri novels by Gianrico Carofiglio are set in Bari, where Guerrieri is a criminal lawyer, and include many descriptions of the town.

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Bari is one of the primary settings of the detective novel The Black Mountain by Rex Stout.

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