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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, Cultural
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Zurich, Switzerland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This church serves as a museum. You can see many well-preserved frescoes. The mosaic floor looks interesting as well, but I wonder why they don't protect this floor! At the time we went there the restoration was still on-going and you won't get a complete view of the church. For the price you give (15 TL), it was not worth... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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37 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Our visit to the Church of St. Nicholas was one of the highlights of our three week trip to Turkey. Saint Nicholas, the Bishop of the Greco-Roman diocese of Myra, among his many miracles and accomplishments were his visits to the homes of children to leave gifts. He was also at the First Council of Nicea called by Constantine. The... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Did a day trip from Kas to Demre to visit this church and the tombs of Myra (worth it). The church was such a pitiful excuse for a " sight " that I felt like asking for a refund. It's a Byzantine style church, it has frescoes... Ummm... St Nicholas... Santa Claus... Ahhh ... Yeah nothing else to say except... More 

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Billericay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Knowing the cathedral at Bari in Italy quite well, I have always been keen to see the church at ancient Myra where the bones of St. Nicholas were first interred. For me this was a really fascinating experience: I just loved the traces of ancient Byzantine frescoes, the superb Byzantine architecture, the tantalising mix of Christian and pagan classical references... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Please see our review of the Myra histoical site - which includes independent travelling to the Church of St. Nicholas.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The Church is still being excavated. The detail of the paintings, marble flooring and carvings are still very beautiful. You won’t need long here, but worth a see, if you like Churches.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The church is now a museum (entrance 15TL) and is still being renovated. It sits in the centre of Demre. Unless you are really interested in architecture etc. there is not a lot to see; a number of rooms constructed in stone, a few mosaic floors which are quite pretty and some mosaics. It is overrun with Russians who pilgrimage... More 

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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The basic church as it was no adornments the frescos on the walls telling the story and St Nicholas coffin. Sadly his bones exept three are in a church in Italy layed to rest after being robbed many centuries ago, the bronze statues are beautiful. Renovations were compleated in 1800's. But the real original church is very evident and beautiful... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

My expectations were high after visiting so many ruins and old churches in turkey, this was an expensive visit as there were restorations still going on and very little to see the fescos you can see are amazing but without paying the extra on top of the pricey entrance fee for the english headset it all means aboslutely nothing this... More 

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NW England
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This was an interesting experience and clearly a place of pilgrimage. The frescoes were amazing inter colour and detail. The history of the church was clearly outlined and it was encouraging to see the renovation.

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