Excursions in Kemer:
Demre and Myra


We move to Demre after we gathered at the places indicated earlier to make a historical travel over Kemer and Finike. Demre was one of the most important cities of the Lycian civilization.

City is located 25km west of Finike and 48km east of Kas. Demre was a place of settlement from the 5th century before Hellenistic Period.

During the reign of Theodosius II (408-450 AD.), the city became the Metropolitan of the Lycians.

Reputation of the city spread not only in Lycia, as the centre
of pilgrimage, where diseases having been cured, but also throughout the Christian World.

 

The reason for this is that Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) has lived here in Myra in this period. Therefore first we will visit St. Nicholas Museum; afterwards we will visit antique city Myra as we continue travel in historical times.

Following Myra we will have lunch break in a restaurant. Afterwards we will have boat tour with possibility of swimming. (Boat tour depends on weather condition).
Later we will drive back to the Hotels.*

48 km. from Kas. It was one of the most important cities among the other six Lycian cities.

It was settled in the 5th century B.C. Although it was originally a coastal town, it has retreated from the sea because of the alluvium from the Demre stream.

It was abandoned in the 9th century A.D. after the Arab invasion. The rock tombs, the theatre and St. Nicholas Church have survived to make it a place worth visiting.

St. Nicholas, born in 245 A.D. in Patara near Fethiye (known variously as St.Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, St. Nicholas and Pere Noel) died in 326 A.D., having spent his life in AnatoliaSon of a wealthy family and of good education, he devoted himself to mankind. Because of the assistance he rendered to those around him, St. Nicholas was known as the protector
of children and sailors, and to this day the legend of Father Christmas has continued to live as vividly as ever.

Situated between Finike and Kas, Myra is 25 km. from Finike and

As the Bishop of Demre, by his religious and social work, he solved the problems of the people in a humane way. After he died he was buried in Demre and a church was built there for his memory.

In 108 Italian pirates stole some of his bones and took them to Bari. In their haste they left a few behind and these are today on display in the Antalya Museum.

In a number of countries the death of St. Nicholas is commemorated by special ceremonies and by giving presents to children, and in fact it takes on the significance of a new year.

 

It was in the years 1951-55 that it was realized St. Nicholas was Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) and this drew a lot of attention to Turkey, with articles in the papers and items on the radio, and in 1955 a Father Christmas stamp was issued.

After that date celebrations for Father Christmas started to be held regularly.

The first Father Christmas symposium ever held in Antalya was between 5-7 December 1983. This is now held annually and is attended by religious and scientific people from all over the world.

In these symposiums, in keeping with Anatolia's St. Nicholas' love for humanity, a call is made to people of different religions and beliefs for peace, friendship and brotherhood.

Free of Charge : Entrances + Lunch
With charge : Drinks and other extras
Cancelation : One day before %50 return, the same day non-refundable
Duration : 1 day
Access points : Belek, Antalya, Kemer
Note : Please do not forget to bring your own towels and swimsuits

*The trip can be booked by travel agency where you stay or at:: http://www.antalya-s.com/english/aktiviteler/turlar/default.asp