Myra, Antalya

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    Myra

    by marsistanbul Written Jul 23, 2008

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    Myra was one of the earliest Lycian city.At the same time of the Lycian Federation,Myra was one of the most important city with tree voices in the Federation's council.Although the history of Myra's first foundation is not known from some Lycian ruins,rock-tombs and inscriptions found in the area.It would appear that the settlement existed in the V century B.C.
    In the year 18 A.D. the emperoe Germanicus and his wife Agrippa visited Myra,in 60 A.D. of importance was the brief visit of the St.Paul on his way to Rome.In the II century A.D. dignified by the tittle of Metropolis.During the Byzantine period,especially 4-5 century A.D. Myra became the centre of religious and administrative affairs.In the IV century A.D. St.Nicholas became bishop of Myra,famous in his own time for the miracles he performed.
    Myra's Greco-Roman theatre has 35 rows of seats.The stage building is still standing up the second course in places and from the remaining fragments,it would appear thet the facade facing the audience was extremely decorative.The theatre is in a relatively good condition.
    The famous Lycian rock-tombs in Myra,the tombs of the sea necropolis are to be found on the steep cliff to the east and west of the theatre.The tombs of the so called river necropolis are located on the northeast side of the hill.Although they vary in type and size,most belong to the house type

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    Saint Nicholas Church in Kale(Demre)

    by marsistanbul Written Jul 7, 2008

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    The St.Nicholas Church is at Kale(Demre)village,at the ancient city of Myra in Antalya province.
    The city,since the early Christian period,was always mentioned together with the name of Saint Nicholas(Santa Claus).He was born in the 4th century in Patara and became Bishop in Myra.He died at Myra,and his burial place became an important Christian pilgrimage place from 564 A.D.
    Myra was the target of Arab raids from the 7th century onwards,after the 1071,the victory of the Turks on the Mediterranean coast line and caused Christians to migrate to isolated and more secure areas.The Italians took advantage of this situation and stole the sacred relics of St.Nicholas and took them to Bari.
    With its architectural style and decoration,St.Nicholas Church stands as one of the important monuments of the Middle Byzantine Period.Both the excavations and the conservation works are continuing.

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    West from Antalya the amazing Myra

    by piglet44 Written Apr 3, 2007

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    Myra or Demre is west of Antalya and if you rent a car you can get there easily and enjoy the incredible scenery of the winding coast road on the way there. The whole road from Antalya through Kemer and on towards Myra is really incredible and the views are breathtaking.
    Myra itself is fascinating with rock-cut tombs ,and an amphitheatre.
    Myra is an ancient Lycian town, where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today in present day Antalya Province of Turkey.
    Myra is also the burial place of St Nicholas aka Father Christmas or Baba Noel as it says on the signpost!
    Anyway the place is fascinating and dont miss the cafe across the way in the Orange orchard. It is a great place to sit and drink something , when you finish sightseeing.

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    West from Antalya the amazing Myra

    by piglet44 Written Apr 3, 2007

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    Myra or Demre is west of Antalya and if you rent a car you can get there easily and enjoy the incredible scenery of the winding coast road on the way there. The whole road from Antalya through Kemer and on towards Myra is really incredible and the views are breathtaking.
    Myra itself is fascinating with rock-cut tombs ,and an amphitheatre.
    Myra is an ancient Lycian town, where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today in present day Antalya Province of Turkey.
    Myra is also the burial place of St Nicholas aka Father Christmas or Baba Noel as it says on the signpost!
    Anyway the place is fascinating and dont miss the cafe across the way in the Orange orchard. It is a great place to sit and drink something , when you finish sightseeing.

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    West from Antalya the amazing Myra

    by piglet44 Written Apr 3, 2007

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    Myra or Demre is west of Antalya and if you rent a car you can get there easily and enjoy the incredible scenery of the winding coast road on the way there. The whole road from Antalya through Kemer and on towards Myra is really incredible and the views are breathtaking.
    Myra itself is fascinating with rock-cut tombs ,and an amphitheatre.
    Myra is an ancient Lycian town, where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today in present day Antalya Province of Turkey.
    Myra is also the burial place of St Nicholas aka Father Christmas or Baba Noel as it says on the signpost!
    Anyway the place is fascinating and dont miss the cafe across the way in the Orange orchard. It is a great place to sit and drink something , when you finish sightseeing.

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  • sightseeing

    by zuzulka Written Oct 16, 2006

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    When visiting Antalya do not forget to book a few trips around. They are small buses designed for a small group of people to visit different places. The most interesting were a carpet factory, Pamukkales in Hierapolis, Myra, lost city and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Although, I would suggest to get to Pamukkales independently as you get more time swimming in Cleopatra's lake and spend time in calcium-oxide rich water known as cotton castle. We did not understand our representative correctly and spend (without knowing) over 2 hours admiring cotton castle. We had no time to swim in Cleopatra's lake which was a shame.
    In Myra, there is a tomb of St. Nicholas (Santa Clause) in a very nice church.
    The lost city requires a bit of history so make sure that your tour guide knows a few things about it.

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    Myra

    by Erkmen Written May 20, 2003

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    Rock houses at Myra

    I have visited many places in and around Antalya, However Myra has left a remarkable memory..

    Myra is in between Finika and Kas.. 25 km from finike. An old lykian town and a real cultural inherit.. Myra is also known as the place where Santa Claus has lived for many years.. So every year at 6th of December ceremonies are being held for him..

    The ruins , The Church,Rock houses are the wonderful sights at Myra, also known as Demre..

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    Visiting Santa Claus

    by goodspkr Written Feb 12, 2003

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    Take a day trip to Myra. Myra has cliff tombs along with the church St. Nicolas was the Bishop of. Both were very powerful sites to see. We then went on to Kekova (a sunken city) seen from a beautiful Turkish yacht.

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    ANTALYA - Fluted Minaret

    by olja1234 Updated Feb 17, 2008

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    This fluted minaret, nowadays one of the symbols of Antalya was built in 13th century by the Seljuks. It is 38 metres high. The top of the minaret is reached by 90 steps.

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    Te aincient graves of the...

    by Andrew_Vodo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Te aincient graves of the Lician city of Myra. By the way Myra (now Demre) is the motherland of Santa Claus (St. Nicolas)

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    saint-nicolas was a bishop in...

    by fabrice Written Aug 24, 2002

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    saint-nicolas was a bishop in MYRA,during the 4th century;its church is in DEMRE near the antique city of MYRA

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