Gemiler Island, Fethiye

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Gemiler Island is an island located off the coast of Turkey near the city of Fethiye. On the island are the remains of several churches built between the fourth and sixth centuries AD, along with a variety of associated buildings. Archaeologists believe it was the location of the original tomb of Saint Nicholas.HistoryThe Byzantine ruins of five churches built between the fourth and sixth centuries AD remain on the island, along with a 350m processional walkway. Other remains from the same period include around forty other ecclesiastical buildings and over fifty Christian tombs. One of the churches was cut directly from the rock at the island's highest point, and is located at the far western end of the processional walkway. It is possible that the Island was used by Christian pilgrims en route to the Holy Lands.Modern archaeologists believe that the island may be the location of St. Nicholas' original tomb. The traditional Turkish name for the island is Gemiler Adası, meaning "Island of Boats", which may be a reference to St. Nicholas's role as the patron saint of sailors; the island was also referred to as St. Nicholas Island by seafarers in the medieval period. Archaeologists believe he was interred in the rock-hewn church following his death in 326. His relics remained there until the 650s, when the island was abandoned as it was threatened by an Arab fleet. They were then moved to the town of Myra some 25mi to the east.EconomyThe island is currently a popular destination for large Turkish gulets, bringing many tourists to the island as well as many smaller private boats since the crescent-shaped bay can be used as a safe anchorage. The Byzantine ruins can be seen from the sea. A small makeshift restaurant stands in the bay for the summer sailors. The owners do not live on the island, but return to the mainland when there are no boats around. A charge of 8TL is currently levied upon visitors to the ruins.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Put it awesome. Sea water is good. Hoteliers sucks. The banner of the Ministry of the environment entry. Vehicle entry 20 ₺. Derya ₺ on foot from entering parking as they get there. Umbrella 10. Each deck chairs 10 ₺. A child from a family of 15 law enforcement agencies who want to rent a ₺. Water well, if everything is expensive. He left this place. It's up to Realty company
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  • August 3, 2017
    Here get stiffed me. 2 regular-sized Sea bream a two water and two drinks fries, guess how much 133 ₺. With car parking lot entrance fee at 20 ₺. Enjoy your meal
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  • July 23, 2017
    We're here with the shield from the ship tour belcekiz. The value date is the perfect place with the remains to be visited 8 tl, you can visit and for a fee, you can take pictures and history buffs can also be visited for a beautiful island in the sea of the value:
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