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Go for the mosaics even if you don't believe in Santa Claus

St. Nicholas Church is most notable for its mosaic floors in graceful geometric patterns. It was interesting to learn that the local Fourth Century bishop had begun the various... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sandy S
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

St. Nicholas Church is most notable for its mosaic floors in graceful geometric patterns. It was interesting to learn that the local Fourth Century bishop had begun the various Santa Claus myths and traditions by being a protector of children’s well-being and by giving them gifts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I figured what better way to spend my first Christmas as an expat than to go down and visit St Nick's cathedral? Although the area around it seemed like a ghost town, the church itself was beautiful. It has been remarkably well preserved and it is hauntingly beautiful. I would recommend coming to visit this and the nearby ruins of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Revisited this year, quiet, last time there were so many Russian travellers you couldn't see the mosaics or even the frescos, sadly due to the political situation it is quiet, but you can appreciate the church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We were lucky to get there early as a lot of people turned up as we were leaving (coaches of Russian visitors who count this as a very Holy place and pray at St. Nicholas tomb ) The mosaics were still colourful after all this time, and statues and tombs were very ornate, but there was no information as regarding... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

It isn't often that you get to walk around in a virtually intact Byzantine church, so the great preservation of the church of St Nicholas makes it well worth seeing. It is hard to believe that a lot of the church was hidden by the silt that covered ancient Myra, but you can see for yourself how the current ground... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

This was a very relevant historical church with preserved frescoes, especially for its age. Many frescoes of St Nick are recognizable and some plaques discuss the relationship to our current Santa Claus. Don't forget the several floor mosaics with various colors of marble.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

We visited the church of Saint Nicolas with our OAT guide. It is an old church structure still standing. There are a few statutes around of Saint Nicolas. It is thought if you rub his foot and make a wish it will come true. There are beautiful tiles in the floor. I am amazed people can walk in them. A... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Calm and peaceful church of many rooms, with wonderful frescos in beautiful colours and character, showing many scenes. Can get a real feel for the stories.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

We are not Christians but went to see St Nicolas church when visiting the ancient city of Myra. There is not a lot to see here in terms of the sites - it is just a church with the sarcophagus of St Nicholas. I guess this would be a more meaningful visit if you believe in St Nicholas but to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We came here on our own and found the audio guide to be a great help. It was like having a personal tour guide tell about the frescos and St. Nicholas.

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