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Gemiler Island, Fethiye

Categories: Islands, Ruins, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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 as 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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  • ... but BEWARE OF ALI'S RESTAURANT AT GEMILE KOYU!!! We anchored with a SY in the channel at Gemiler (St. Nicholas) Island. After swimming in the crystal blue waters, climbing up to the top of the ama...  read more »
  • Routing Sheet all the way if they wrote their entrance takes 20tl will no longer need to go. Even though we go look at 6 p.m. they wanted 20tl dating. There's no need to say who is certain the price special.
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  • Last year when we went by boat from the sea area this year reached by road. Kind of bad, but to see the view from the road. Beach, sand, sea,
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  • Stunning sunset stop for the boat cruises. Wonderful opportunity to walk along the ruins up to the top of the island and watch the sun set across the sea. The walk doesn't need anything more than standard footwear, sandals are fine although trainers are probably best, it's not too steep or difficult to walk. The journey will take about 20 minutes up. Take refreshments to enjoy at the top.
  • Paga-se para entrar mas vale cada centavo. A vista é sensacional e a experiência de ver o pôr do sol é maravilhosa, mesmo com o sol se pondo atrás de uma das montanhas.
  • Guneşin cok guzel battığı yerlerden biri.
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  • Nature and Landscape to explore the sea, lucid and worth visiting, you will be enchanted by the static, don't forget to bring with you Mangalınızı, Choudhary is the ideal setting for all your beauty as a flaw is the stony sea cross can recommend an area dominated the landscape, great, just what you're looking for a natural media recommend ...
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  • The island is very clear and the sea wave super, when in service with no face more and offers steep, prices (price-quality balance for).
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