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Demre is a town and its surrounding district in the Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, named after the river Demre. It is the Lycian town of Myra, the home of Saint Nicholas of Myra.
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Myra, today called as Demre, can be reached through a fantastic road by the coast. One of the most distinctive features of Demre is the Roman Theatre, which is a well-protected theatre. You will see the engraved tombs dating back to 4 and 5 B.C. In addition to the church where St. Nicolas is buried. St. Nicolas is known to have lived in Myra as the protector of seamen and children. Another important spot is sunken city near the Kekova Island. Here, you will be sailing over the ruins of houses, a church and a port.
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church is a museum and an ancient Byzantine Greek Church located in modern-day town of Demre. Its usage is dated from its 6th century construction until its final abandonment in 1923.
It is notable for being the burial place of St. Nicholas of Myra, a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of the ancient city of Myra, an important religious figure for Eastern Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics and the historical inspiration for Santa Claus. The Church is on UNESCO’s tentative list to become a World Heritage Site.
Kekova Sunken City
Kekova is a small Turkish island near Demre has an area of 4.5 km2 and it is uninhabited.