Where to Visit

The Church of St. Nicholas

Patara-born St. Nicholas lived in the middle of the 5th century AD. He became famous with his charitable personality and miraculous ability to cure people’s diseases. While being just a priest at the beginning, because of his fame he was declared as a Saint later. His church was also turned into a centre of pilgrimage. The main component of today’s church is the structure of the church belongs to the 5th century AD. Which of the tombs found in the church belong to St. Nicholas is still a matter in debate. Every year ‘Santa Claus and Invitation to the World Peace’ activities are held in the Church of St. Nicholas on the 6th of December, decease date of Santa Claus.


After planning the Parthian War, Trajan came to stay in Myra and indicated the need for a port to be built in the south of the city, but this was realised in the period of Hadrian.

The city, to a great extent, was at the foot of the hill in the south port. The necropolis and the other remains of the city are in the north side of the port entrance, very near to today’s Demre. Aqueducts, Nymphaeum, Agora and cistern are among the remains. Famous Granarium (silo) takes place in the west of the Agora.


This ancient city is next to the Demre Brook. It at the foot of the mount, north of the Church of St. Nicholas. In Myra, there are Rock Tombs and a well preserved theatre.


Demre is a place where the sea unites with green. Çayağzı, Kömürlü and Sülüklü are the beaches for swimming in Demre.