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. Make Church of St. Nicholas a centerpiece of your Demre (Kale) vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Demre (Kale) trip planning tool .
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  • Visited the Church in demre-World Tour-Kekova in year 2014. Can discourage Turks take excursions! After Turkey visited 5 countries and nowhere to take excursions! Thanks for that!)) Carried on the tour about 6:00 of them 4:00 we collect people cheap. Back we transported (Time left on a tour of 30 minutes each. The Church itself is a razrushhennoe building, which once served as Nicholas the Wonderworker. Crowds. It! And the worst thing is that at the entrance to the territory of the temple there is a toilet . Which sell icons and candles! This is outrageous! The Turks have not even built a separate room or stall for this purpose! How would this attitude to Muslims if we prodovali the Quran in a toilet? Impression of excursions was ruined. The temple was perceived as just a building where Turks make their money.
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  • For being the origin of St. Nicholas/Santa Claus, it is worth visiting it. The exterior is covered with scaffolding and tarps with what can not shoot. Its interior deserves for his frescoes but continues to be a small church with a multitude of styles
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  • We come here with the next day, the last stop of the whole trip. Since we do not have religious beliefs, even if we understand the history of this, there is no great feeling. In addition, a lot of Russian people are very touching, we also have to silently to the side.
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  • We visited at a good time as there were hardly any other tourists. Lovely marble patterns on the floors and the frescos were in remarkably good condition compared to others I have seen elsewhere. You could still see the faces on them. There was plenty of information available. Only pity was that the renovation of the outer parts of the church were not completed or that works had ceased.
  • Very crowded with others. The only place we went to where there were others. The church has many wall paintings, some in good condition, others are poor. Half the church is covered to protect it, while the other part has roof. When we visited there were major works outside the church, building a new paved area. This should be finished now. The audio listening device was well worth listening to. Many reasonable restaurants nearby
  • Peaceful place. St. Nicholas Church is an ancient Byzantine Church. Awesome architecture and frescoes. Must to be visited.
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  • Quite place for soul
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