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April 18, 2021

30 Fascinating Photos Capture Street Scenes of Bari in the Early 1980s

Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in southern Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples (and the third after Palermo, if Insular Italy is included), a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city has over 116 square kilometres (45 sq mi).

Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbours, with the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino (1035–1171) and the Hohenstaufen Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter (erected by Joachim Murat), the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district (the via Sparano and via Argiro).

Modern residential zones surrounding the centre of Bari were built during the 1960s and 1970s replacing the old suburbs that had developed along roads splaying outwards from gates in the city walls. In addition, the outer suburbs developed rapidly during the 1990s. The city has a redeveloped airport, Karol Wojtyła Airport, with connections to several European cities.

These fascinating photos were taken by Leroy W. Demery, Jr. that show street scenes of Bari in 1981.

Bari street scenes

Bari trolleybus 755 (Line 8), working westward in the Sottopasso Luigi di Savoia

Bari trolleybus number 755, working Line 8 in Corso Cavour

Entrance to the Cattedrale di San Sabino

Facade of the Basilica di San Nicola facing Piazza San Nicola

Facade of the Cattedrale di San Sabino facing the Piazza dell'Odegitria

Ferrovie Calabro-Lucane (FCL) railcars at Bari Centrale station

Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) ALe 801/940 Class electric multiple unit (EMU) train at Bari Centrale station

Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) electric shunting locomotive 321 006 and formation at Bari Centrale station

FT Stanga-TIBB stock approaching Bari Centrale

Italian footballers

Largo San Sabino and the Cattedrale di San Sabino (Duomo di Bari) at right

Looking southward in Largo San Sabino

Looking westward, Largo San Sabino

Piazza Aldo Moro, on the north side of Bari Centrale station

Piazza Federico II di Svevia, with the Castello Svevo di Bari in the background

Piazza Mercantile, the building with the clock tower is the Palazzo Sedile

Platforms at Barletta Centrale station

Saturday afternoon wading and car washing at the fountain in Piazza Mercantile

Somewhere not far away from Largo San Sabino

Strada Incuria, just southwest of Strada San Sabino

Street scene, in the old town (città vecchia) of Bari. This is part of the San Nicola quartiere (district)

Teatro Petruzzelli, on Corso Cavour at Via XXIV Maggio

Time for ice cream, in Corte Colagualano, just south of Largo San Sabino

Trolleybuses on the street

Two Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) Class E.428 electric locomotives at Bari Centrale station

Via Ruggero Il Normanno at Strada Santa Chiara

Via Ruggero Il Normanno, with the Cattedrale di San Sabino in the background

View of the small-craft harbor, Bari. The Fortino di Sant'Antonio abate is visible in the distance (right), and the Teatro Margherita is visible at the left

Wedding party

(Photo © Leroy W. Demery, Jr.)




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