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Church of St. Nicholas

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Address: Street Drazhinsky | West side of Demre, Demre (Kale), Turkey
Phone Number: 35-00-43

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Great to see where "Santa" started

If you dont want a guide then it is best to read up before you go as there isn't any signage as to what you are looking at. It was amazing to see so many Russian tourists Iin... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you dont want a guide then it is best to read up before you go as there isn't any signage as to what you are looking at. It was amazing to see so many Russian tourists Iin particular) breaking down and crying and kissing the tomb of Saint Nicolas!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Interesting, although probably more interesting if you're Russian, or a big fan of Father Christmas. A refuge from the sun.

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Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This church is a Christian place in the middle of muslim community, for this reason the whole place are reserved with the support of Russia. In the surrounding shops the inscriptions are in Cyrillic letters written too. The museum shop was cleverly arranged, air-conditioned with pleasant music. The souvenirs were surprisingly good price compared with bazaar.

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Casper, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a very informative site that has some interesting fully intact frescos. We spent about an hour here.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I am still not sure which country can truly claim St Nick! I did not like that it was a tourist attraction but I did like that it was in a beautiful part of the country.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This Church is well worth a visit and is situated in the main street of Demre. It is the Church of St Nicholas. Inside there is a large statue of him. There are many patchy interior frescoes and a really beautiful one on the Dome of the Communion of the Apostles. Definitely worth the entrance charge. Try to avoid the... More 

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Antalya, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This is Santa's home, The real one's place not the commercialised one. Older than 1600 years. If you could walk in church alone, it will be priceless.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Our bus stopped near here, basically for a coffee break, so I only had around 15 min to look this over (probably really only need 15-25 min anyway as the site is not that big). It is not a large church, but contains reasonably well preserved wall frescos and floor tiles. Notably, it was the burial site and has the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We biked to the church from the Neilson Hotel at Andriaki and there was no problem leaving the bikes outside by the church. opposite the church is a nice outside bar where a cool beer was only £2.50

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

An interesting reminder of the place in the development of Christianity that Turkey still is today . The church of St.Nicholas, know here as Nicolas Baba has some reasonably well kept byzantine style freezes and is a large draw for Russian tourists as St. Nicholas is their patron saint . Its oddly amusing to see lots of xmas paraphernalia in... More 

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Address: Street Drazhinsky | West side of Demre, Demre (Kale), Turkey
Phone Number: 35-00-43
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Turkish Mediterranean Coast  >  Antalya Province  >  Demre (Kale)

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