Rock tombs in Myra

Rock tombs in Myra, Demre (Kale)

Rock tombs in Myra
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Jack
Amsterdam, NY7 contributions
Having rock tombs adjacent to an amphitheatre again opened my mind to realise how ancient cultures had their own rituals and ways to express themselves, even after life. Tombs next to a theatre is not something we would do today.

The tombs are interesting to see, it was something new for me. The theatre is in quite a good condition and it is great to walk in it, climb the stairs, try out the VIP seats in the front and imagine how plays would be held, thousands of years ago
Written December 16, 2020
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Essie808
99 contributions
Couples
They close at 7p. We were not allowed entry at 6:35p. Luckily we were able to see the tombs from a distance without paying for entry. It would've been nice to see them more up close though. I'd recommend it if you're passing through.
Written October 11, 2021
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66DebW13
Hampshire, UK87 contributions
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Properly run tourist attraction offering facilities, drinks/snacks/gift shop/ice creams etc. Entry TL15 - plus optional TL10 for the audio tour.

Amazing rock tombs that you can get very close to - but not enter. The amphitheatre is immense and can, and should, be explored. They do some Roman re-enactments here too although the site has a long an mixed cultural history.

Very interesting site & history. About 45min-1hr drive from Kas and very worth the drive. Even our two teenagers enjoyed it (although that could have been the promise of ice cream that swayed them!)
We teamed it up with a trip to the nearby Church of St. Nicholas - the "original" father Christmas.
Written July 31, 2014
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Petra Prostějov
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Theone view that you can see on internet is only thing you can see there. The rock thombs from the famous pictures are in one area with a theatre. You will pay 45 tl if I remember well. The theatre is not bad, but not excellent. I think it is not good value for money. It is ok, if you have a museum pass. Be careful, children under 8 are free, but sometimes are they charged, if you are a tourist.
So if you want to see the rock thombs, it is enoughto see the main picture. If you want to see also the theatre, you can consider the visit.
Written August 4, 2020
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Hiker93
California41 contributions
The rock tombs, and the theater, are easily accessible, very close to the walkway, and well explained with signs in English. It's not hard to find this site, and it's not far off the main highway, nor from St. Nicholas Church. So if you are in the area I definitely recommend you visit. HOWEVER, be very careful about the parking lot. When you drive up, the site will be on the left side of the road, and on the right side is a large white gravel lot, with a little souvenir and drinks stand on the far side. There is no parking lot ticket booth, and a friendly man will run up, ask where you are from, tell you where the ruins are, and say "free parking -- and I will watch your car. Please come back when you are finished and buy my goods or have a drink.". When we returned, we had already bought some things from the other stands closer to the ruins. He was no longer happy, poking into the bags, asking why we did not buy from him. We sat down for tea, but he had none. So we got up to leave, and now he got very aggressive. "You are rich people...I told you to buy from me...if you do not buy, parking is 5 lira." He harangued us all the way to the car, getting angrier and angrier, to the point of feinting that he was going to slam the door on our legs. At the very end he had his friend come up with an official-looking ticket showing that the charge for parking is indeed 5 lira. To get away from him, we paid and left. This was our only negative experience in a two-week trip across the country, so it is the exception rather than the rule. My suggestion: first, if there is room, just park on the street. And if you have to go into the lot, ask for a ticket and pay the 5 lira upfront. I thought about reporting this guy, but that would have taken time away from what was otherwise a terrific vacation.
Written February 14, 2011
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canmom
Cirali / Antalya13,711 contributions
We visited this site with my family this past Sept 2006 and had a great day. Wonderful to walk up into the ruins and visit the theater. I must apologize that my camera seems to over expose the pictures in bright sun light so my pictures are not a great as I would like them to be.

Myra is located southwest from just off the main highway of Antalya between Cirali and Kas. There is a big amphitheatre one of the the largest in Lycia and many rock-cut tombs carved in the cliffs above the theatre.

Also very close to the rock tombs in Myra is the church of St. Nicholas located in the small town of Demre. St. Nicholas who was born in Patara was famous for his miracles and known for his kindness.

If you are travelling along the coastal areas between Antalya and Fethiye this is a great place to visit.
Written January 19, 2007
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Sanda-Be
Kent, UK736 contributions
Couples
These tombs have been cut into the rock face on each side of the theatre and are so close together that there is hardly any part of the cliff side unused. Some of the tombs are plain but many are elaborately decorated with columns and carvings. The reliefs can be dated back to the 4th and 5th centuries BC and generally depict family scenes or show men in military dress and most of them are still in excellent condition.
We were not allowed to enter any of the tombs (health and safety) but the panorama was good enough, and the eastern section can be approached closely with ease.
The theatre is very well preserved and is the largest in this part of Turkey, with an original capacity of approximately 10, 000 people, and in fact the theatre is still used today for festivals, concerts and the like.
Between the car park and the entrance is a bazaar with the usual array of shops and restaurants, but we were not hassled by the traders, they simply made jovial requests to buy their genuine fakes.
Although Myra is not close to the major resorts, it is worth the journey, particularly if the day out includes St Nicholas Church at Demre and Kekova, we travelled from Side, more than 4 hours by coach but our day was well worth the effort
Written November 17, 2013
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Michelle B
Melbourne407 contributions
Myra, we took a day trip from Camyuva which took in Myra, Church of St Nicholas ( the real santa) and Simena. The tour starts at Myra. Myra contains some of the best remains of Lycian Rock Tombs in the world. I donlt know if I agree but you can actually crawl inside the tombs touch them feel them and think what it would have looked like 2000 years ago. Next to the rock tombs is a huge ampitheatre still incredibl intact. The area is littered with the most incredible carvings and sarcophagus. You can climb the steps of the theatre sit where the emporer sat walk on some of the incredible marble floor that still remains and imagine yourself there. There are tour guides for those who wish to listen or you can wander on your own and just enjoy the majesty of ancient rome in Turkey. Marvelling at the craftsmenship of the sculptors.
Written June 30, 2007
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Chloe S
London, UK53 contributions
Couples
Beautiful views and you can get some fabulous photos. Try and get there early to take good photos without the mass of tourists. Would advise to drive here or to hire a driver to take you about the sites (St Nicholas Church).
I would advise wearing sensible shoes if you wish to explore as it's very rocky and there are lots of steps. Also it's very hot so take a bottle of water.
Written September 11, 2017
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Jeffery W
Raleigh, NC365 contributions
Couples
We combined our visit at the Noel Baba Museum with a stop at the archaeological site of Myra, a short distance from Demre. The cliff face Lycian rock cut tombs are spectacular as is the well preserved second century Roman theatre. Also, scattered around the grounds are beautiful sculptured pieces of theatre pediments and statuary. The location of Myra is not well signed but it's about 2 miles north of Demre (Kale). The rock cut tombs alone are worth the stop at Myra with the theatre as a bonus.
Written November 14, 2014
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