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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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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
45 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The church of St. Nicholas, the generous bishop of Myra (3rd Century) who became Santa Claus, is overhyped compared to the entrance price 20 Turkish Lira (this seems to be the standard all over Turkey). The place is full of tourists from Russia (St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Russia) clutching overpriced icons and dipping them in some goo... More

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Brockenhurst, England, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Great Place, Make sure you go and see Mustapha at the Mercan Cafe for an amazing night, He will bring the food from the local resurants to you!

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Ankara, Turkey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The church is in pretty good shape considering all that has gone on there. It is a pilgrimage site for the Russians. Paintings can still be seen on the walls. This visit is easily done in combination with the ancient ruins in Demre. Bonus - they take the Turkish Muze Kart!

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I have to admit that I came away from this site with very mixed emotions. Knowing that St. Nicholas, at one time and was actually buried here, I felt like I was on holy ground. However, it is very obvious, as soon as you enter, the Turkish government is in charge considers the church to be a museum and no... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I feel history when I went to church. If you go to the Kas, you have to visit st. nicholas church. It is inside in the Demre. It is approximately 20 km to Kas.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We visited a few days ago after visiting the Lycian Rock Tombs and Ampitheatre at Myra as it was close by and we were intrigued by the idea that Father Christmas was Turkish. About 45mins-1hr drive from Kas. The church is well preserved with beautiful ancient architecture of the period, Byzantine wall paintings, floor tiles and the tomb of St... More

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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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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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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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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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