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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  • It's good to hear the historic remains curious. There's a great atmosphere. Boat tours. The perfect beauty of nature.
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  • I love This ISLAND,BUT VERY DIFFICULT TO CLIMB WHEN YOU ARE Older,and not Fit.LOVELY AMAZING VIEWS,from the top well worth a visit,Amazing Views this island is packed with History ST Nicholas Island.i...  more »
  • If you've come up in Fethiye, Kayaköye places you need to go without. You can drive up to put up. .. Calm and peaceful. The crystal clear sea. Interferes with nature. Entrance fee. It's not very big business. Despite a spectacular natural wonder itself.
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  • This is the last area known to some as saint nicolas island, this is were nicolas spent his time in confined
  • Gemiler Island and Fethiye Kayaköy Gemile Bay by following the path of Hisaronu and than you can put this beautiful come entry fee required. Located just opposite the island of ships with tour boats daily from ölüdeniz (Blue Lagoon). The ruins of the ancient city on the island and is also the entrance fee.
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  • The combination of a magnificent sea is one of the most beautiful Bay in the world a clean sea is a terrific ambience
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  • I'm surprised because there's a very mediocre-run comments already possible to do the same in most Bay Fethiyedeki interpretation. Mediocre business, dirty people but the great sea. You need to go here during March July August. Are you Danielle nation enjoyed looking never same.
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  • Father Christmas is a time of inhabited island. 12. century inhabited until used. You can enter for free with Museum card. Non-card 8 ₺. You can do water sports.
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