Church of St. Nicholas, Demre (Kale)

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The burial place of the saint known worldwide as Santa Claus, Church of St. Nicholas represents an ancient World Heritage Site that draws both devout believers and casual tourists. Although Italian raiders allegedly smashed the saint's sarcophagus and carried off his remains in the 11th century, the building still contains well-preserved Byzantine ceiling frescoes and floor mosaics. Constructed in the 6th century on the site of an older Christian church, the structure features a vaulted ceiling and belfry, added in the 1860s thanks to donations by Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. Pay attention to the northeast annex, which contains painted images of various events from the life of Saint Nicholas. Using our online itinerary creator, Demre (Kale) attractions like Church of St. Nicholas can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Really not a lot to see there especially if you have long and exhausting trip from Alanya 3h by bus and 3 h mountain way only for historical interest. Otherwise if you go there like to saint place it ...  more »
  • You should feel it by yourself))) This place is for all Christians and more. Little remark: 20 TL and free with "Museum pass: The Mediterranian".  more »
  • Not a lot to see. Quite boring. Its more of a pilgrimage place for orthodox Christians especially russian  more »
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  • Peaceful place. St. Nicholas Church is an ancient Byzantine Church. Awesome architecture and frescoes. Must to be visited.
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  • Ad 3. the second half of the century, was born in Patara in the Diocese of St. Nicholas of Myra's respected religious personality to reach Saint after death to the rank of Tsardom of Russia, especially the old, including many countries in Europe have been the most popular Saint. My Freiburg Germany, Italy in Bari and Naples on the island of Sicily with the cities of Saint Nikolaos respected private, Netherlands and English languages was recognized as Santa Klaus, these are loved in America thanks to protect New York by one of the Saints. The protector of children and the northern countries of Europe sevindiricisi Father Christmas tradition of Saint Nicholas is very popular religious belief that integrated half and led to the creation of a legendary type. The root of this type are very old belief of the north country is received, a sleigh pulled by reindeer of Santa Claus Father from going around. However, the actual destinations of St. Nicholas of Myra, no snow blind Abu kıyılarıdır. His distress children protective personality, Christmas gifts at night has evolved into a sympathetic old man belived. Especially in the Eastern Mediterranean sailors as Saint Nicholas showed him respect, this volume brings together all the small and large boats image or hanged, time "Dümenini hold of Saint Nicholas" wish has been tradition. This property was at first the God of the sea Poseidon polytheistic age belongs to the period of faith after the 4th century Saint Nikolaos of the State. The Church of St. Nicholas, an important monument in the history of Byzantine art architectural style and decoration is an example of the Middle Byzantine Period with the most exclusive. In the 5th century a.d. Myra (Demre) is the capital of the State of Lycia, Archbishop of Myra, is the second largest religion in Anatolia of authority, of Saint Nicholas's death, increasing the city's reputation over the years has played a significant role. After the death of a Saint before the name of the people of Myra monument, built a huge Basilica, then, in this day and age a large church was built in İstanbul on behalf of the Saints. Myra made raids into the city the Basilica in earthquakes and 8th century as a result of major damage, 9. century, was rebuilt as a church with a dome. Later they added 11. occurs when the Middle Byzantine era in the 21st century. The most important of this period, repair of 1042 Emperor IX. Constantine was made by wife Zoe. Most of the base wall freksk and mosaic belongs to this period. Damaged for a variety of reasons in the centuries the Church was founded in 1862 by other comprehensive repair was carried out by the Russian tsar Nikolay I. This original plan belongs to repair the Bell Tower and highly deviated vertebrate is the product of these studies the Middle dome new attachments. Today's Church at different times on the original foundations of many buildings. Thus, the Church is in a complex that was built at different times. This complex outlines; Courtyard two narthex (inner courtyard), located between the two protagonists, a domed Central side corridor (naos), bema and precedes syntranonlu (Chorus Virgo) apse. Year of servicing external narthex reconstructed in 1862, is the inner narthex is on the vault in the original base the majority of the Prophet and his depiction of a meeting of the Church's frescoes in the oldest wall. Lahd South corridor is the appropriate place to maintain the Aziz's thought, is in the eastern corner of the niche is protected of Aziz's sarcophagus. In addition, the domes at the corners of the East and West North ¬ frescoed two more rooms.
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  • Popular culture do not believe father Christmas tales, not a grandfather in red-bellied, with a mighty protector.
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