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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  • cost of ticket - 20 lira is way too much - 15-20 min is enough for visiting this place including making photos. I was not with organised group so there is not much too see if you don't have tour guide...  more »
  • Visit the Church of St. Nicholas the second time. Over the past 9 years actually, nothing has changed. And here's the next opened a very posh and very dear icon.
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  • Nicholas Monastery was preaching in this town, and after his death in the temple were discovered his power. So for me the question "to go or not to go," not even standing. However, it is expected that the shrine would be in the best condition. Temple said repeatedly, almost completely recovered. Not so long ago it covered canopy, that on the one hand, helps keep from rain, but on the other hand, prevents to perceive. The temple is not valid, only twice a year it shall conduct divine service, as long as you cannot even put a candle. Inside the tour did not take place-in this case, we are just out of luck. As explained, a visit inside the temple is only for groups of more than 40 people. But we are not to blame, that the Group was a little! Moreover, the Guide turned out to be a Muslim Turks. Told he, of course, competently, but still it was clear that for him it's a work in progress, and not faith. Would like to see on such excursions company found the guides-Christians. And of course, too much time is devoted to the store where they sell expensive icons! Almost none of our group bought nothing. The Guide talked about the importance of the establishment of the family iconostasis, the icons blagodatnosti, and it was weird to listen to him, given that he is a Muslim and Islam people picture is prohibited. ) However, in terms of personal faith, the impression remains strong. It's an ancient relic which 1600 years, rocks that remember St. Nicholas Church, where he served. Walked with difficulty even believed, that I got to this place. Interesting and perception here of St. Nicholas-the integrally combines features of Orthodox and Catholic image. Perhaps it is better to go here alone, rather than with the excursion. Anyway, this is an option worth considering. Of course, the road is not close, but then will have more time to visit the temple itself, rather than of shops and cafes. A few words on the road. Track section between Finike and Demre-streamer along the ragged coastline. The bus is traveling slowly, so travel time from Kemer takes about three hours. On the other hand, the road is very beautiful. It goes along the shore of the sea, which Shimmers below in different colors. Rocks, Sandy colour suited to the water. Sometimes the bus rises high into the mountains, and offers stunning views. Trip enjoyed and remembered, in spite of all the cons.
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  • Peaceful place. St. Nicholas Church is an ancient Byzantine Church. Awesome architecture and frescoes. Must to be visited.
  • Quite place for soul
  • 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 the tradition of Santa Claus, 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, Santa navigating a sleigh pulled by the deer. 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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  • Already long ago but I remember well.
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  • There is an intensive renovation work, but current even "must see" places.
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