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Church of St. Nicholas

Street Drazhinsky | West side of Demre, Demre (Kale), Turkey
35-00-43
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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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berks
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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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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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

We visited this Church on Christmas Day and it us given us a renewed perspective on why we celebrate and who we should be giving to on Christmas Day (those less fortunate). Very moving place with very few tourists (our group of 10 and a group of 3). Well worth the extra drive, especially to be here Christmas Day!

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Norddeutschland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is a nice place to visit a more than 1300 year old church, with many parts still in very good shape and a lot of good mosaics and paintings to be discovered. There is not so much as an exciting history to the church itself, it gets its value from the age and from the art. St Nicholas is... More

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Constructed in the name of St Nicholas (Santa Claus), who was born nearby, this small but beautiful 8th century church was built from the stone blocks of an earlier church, which was also built on this site. However it was severely damaged over the centuries and was restored and enlarged in the 11th century. Much later the dome was replaced... More

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newmarket
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Nearly dark when we arrived so had to be quick under big restoration but many wall paintings still visible.Entry 15lr .

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

One of the best preserved churches we have visited. The paintings are wonderful. Plenty of camera use. It makes you think how our modern day buildings will be in that many years.

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Alton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

St Nicholas church is somewhat subterrainian as the main town of Demre now sits at a higher level than the church. A place of pilgrimage for Russians, as their patron saint - the vast majority of visitors when we were there were Russian (I was wearing a maxi dress and covered my shoulders - but the Russians also cover their... More

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Suffolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to this lovely old church with its connection to Santa Claus, some of the frescos and floors are surprisingly well preserved. It was a very peaceful place. Unfortunately it seems the public toilets there have not been cleaned since the church was built, avoid them, even if you are desperate !!!

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