Myra (Demre) known as one of the most important cities of Lycia. The Earliest Coins is dated back to the 3rd century. It is estimated that Myra city was founded in the 5th century BC. During the Roman reign, Myra developed and prospered, and the city gave generous money to civilian projects. Before departing from the port of Andriake to go the Rome, Saint Paul visited the city in the 6th century. During the Byzantine period, Myra became an important administrative and religious centre. In Myra, which is also the centre of the Episcopal, St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) served as a bishop in the beginning of the 4th century; the people loved him and suffered a lot for his faith. Myra has always been a cross-road place since then. In this respect, Demre has attracted interest in all aspects of the Christian world. Every year on December 6, Santa Claus events have become traditional.
Myra was the capital of the Lykia region in the time of the 2nd Theodosion (408-450). The city suffered constant Arab invasions from the 7th century to the 9th century, and eventually was captured in 809, and as a result of these invasions, the most important structure of the city, St. The Nicholas church was destroyed in 1034. The canals that meet Myra’s water needs can still be seen on the rock side of the valley where the Demre river flows today. The magnificent Theatre of the city has reached today without much destruction. The magnificent Rock Tombs of Myra are located directly on the top of the theatre and in two places called the river necropolis in the East. The ancient city of Myra is especially famous for its Lycian Rock Tombs, Roman Theatre and St. Nicholas Byzantine church (Santa Claus). From the archaeological remains that can be seen at Myra, the great Theatre of the Acropolis built in the South during the Roman times is well preserved. There are 14 stairways in total in the theatre, where there are 20 rows of seats and 6 rows of seats in the upper part below. It also has a large diazoma and has vaulted passages on both sides of the theatre. The stage building, which is considered to be two storeys and a row of columns, is largely on its feet. On top of the marble blocks in front of the rows of seats, there are figures where theatrical masks and mythological stories are represented.
When I told my Russian wife that Santa Claus lived in Antalya, she didn’t believe me. She claimed that he lived with the reindeer in the North Pole. The truth can be seen in the historical inscriptions in Myra. After all, there’s no snow or reindeer here! The truth is, Santa Claus has always helped children, old people and people who need help. He was despised because of his strong beliefs and suffered a lot. If you want to see Santa Claus church, you should visit the city of Myra in Antalya. Entrance fee of Myra antique city is 20 TL per person. You can visit the ancient city of Myra from 8am to 19pm. It is closed on the first day of the Religious holidays as in all the ruins. As of the beginning of 2019, we will create separate videos for each destination on our YouTube account. If you subscribe to our channel, you will not miss our videos. In addition, we will soon share photos from our Pinterest and Facebook accounts. If you have any information you would like to add to the contents of this page, please contact us. Thank you in advance.