Church of St. Nicholas, Demre (Kale)

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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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  • Well worth a visit. The church has some beautiful architecture and mosaics, and also the crypt of Santa Claus. However, Christmas is not cancelled. Would recommend going. 
  • If you have time after the visit of Myra, should look at the Nicholas. The old church (partially ruined) dates but nothing from St. Nikolaus ´ times, but from the 13th century, but the original church to have stood in the same place. There are some beautiful wall paintings and mosaics, in addition, the expectation should be but not too high...
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  • The church turned out to be a great surprise and well worth the trip. The staff at the entrance had to be told to serve us which they did but that was it. The entrance fee was 20tl which is perhaps th...  read more »
  • Peaceful place. St. Nicholas Church is an ancient Byzantine Church. Awesome architecture and frescoes. Must to be visited.
  • Quite place for soul
  • Worth a visit.
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  • Beautiful, interesting, have something to watch, a piece of history.
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  • This is the place which is well worth a visit. Recommend.
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