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Church of St. Nicholas

Street Drazhinsky | West side of Demre, Demre (Kale), Turkey
35-00-43
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Yes it is a church, it's fairly run down but being renovated all the time. Quite pricey to get in (15lr each) we spent about 15 minutes there. There are lots of coach trips that go here, predominately Russian orthodox tourists. Beware of the usual pestering in the shops around that will give you 'good price' on everything.

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London
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Awesome place to visit. Even my 4 year-old daughter really enjoyed looking round it. Beautiful mosaic floors, wonderful example of Byzantine architecture. Costs approx 15 Turkish Lira to go in. Go for dinner at Ipek afterwards.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to this ancient building. However, the sign boards, written in capital letters throughout were difficult to read and a few sign boards at points of interest would have been welcomed.

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london
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113 reviews 113 reviews
48 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

well worth giving yourself some time here. well preserved and v interesting. you may need to time it right to avoid the coaches, but never felt crowed. nice cafes near by for a tea/coffee afterwards.

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Vicenza, Italy
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210 reviews 210 reviews
70 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The church was well-preserved and contained many interesting frescoes. Definitely worth a visit in conjunction with Lycian tombs of Myra.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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70 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is a smallish church with some interesting frescos on the walls and carefully preserved mosiacs on the floors. The primary part of the church is quite large and open. I was underwhelmed when we got there with the idea that we were seeing the origin of St. Nicholas.

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Berlin, Germany
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We ate lunch at a cheap but good buffet nearby and then walked to this site. Interesting to see the tomb where St. Nicholas is. Our guide was good and explained in detail the myths along with the pictures / frescoes that are still visible in the church. I think this made the difference of this being average vs above... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Part of RSD tour to Lycia. Lovely frescoes on the walls.Saw where Santa Claus came from.Good access to the town of Demre which is interesting.

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is a well preserved (and well restored) church named after St Nicholas - Bishop of Myra who was the origin of Santa Claus. It seems to hold a great fascination for the Russian Orthodox Church. Well worth a visit.

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Chippenham, England, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
62 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Although basically a ruin, there is a lot preserved, particularly wall and ceiling paintings/ frescoes. Although the main part of the building is covered by a very ugly, un-sympathetic modern roof, the inside is well worth a visit.

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