Historical Site
Church of St Nicholas
In Demre

The alternative variant to/from Kapaklı via Çayağzı passes right by the church. The church is about 1.6 km / 1.0 mi south of the closest point of the main variant (via Gürses).


Notable as the ‘home’ of Saint Nicholas (aka Santa Claus). Dates back to the 6th century (and rebuilt in the 9th century). The site is a major draw for tourists from Russia (Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of Russia).


The church has some beautiful frescoes that are well-worth seeing and which make it worth working your way past the tacky souvenir stands that are in over-abundance….

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  • At the Church of St Nicholas in Demre.
    At Church of St. Nicholas in Demre
    Photo by 
    Fall 2022
  • At the Church of St Nicholas in Demre
    At the Church of St Nicholas in Demre
    Photo by 
    Fall 2022
  • Interior of the Church of St Nicholas in Demre
    Interior of the Church of St Nicholas
    Photo by 
    Rebecca Scheer
    Fall 2022

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