During our week in Kaş, my husband and I set out on our own sightseeing adventure. We drove to the neighboring town of Demre, formerly known as Myra. It was about a 45 minute drive – beautiful greenery, mountains, and sea side. Our first stop was the Church of St. Nick, THE St. Nick, Santa Claus!!
An ancient Byzantine Church . . . its usage is dated between 5th-12th centuries. It is most notable for being the burial place of St. Nicholas of Myra, who was the Eastern Orthodox bishop of the ancient city of Myra in the 4th century, and is an important religious figure for Eastern Orthodox Christians.
The visit doesn’t take long, maybe an hour. There were many Orthodox making pilgrimages while we were there.
Outside of the Church grounds, the town of Demre was kind of desolate for a tourist attraction town. There were many places to shop for religious items and mementos in walking distance. But not much else.
We stopped at one of the few restaurants in town. Priced normally, not for tourists, and with normal kebab type fare. We were happy and satisfied. I wish I could remember the name to give it a plug. I do remember the name of the restaurant across the street, Gazientep. DON’T GO THERE! They had a board outside with a short menu and no prices. We had stopped there first. We asked to see a menu, so we wouldn’t get gouged. The man in the front yelled back to a woman sitting at a table with her friends. He asked her to bring a menu. Her response? “They are looking at it.” She didn’t even bother to get up, or say it nicely. She barely turned her head over her shoulder as she sat with her back to us. Her restaurant was empty. We walked away as the man called after us. Their loss – our gain.
You can read more about the Church and the Center by clicking here to view its website.
If you are going:
- Just follow the signs to Demre. It’s hard to miss.
- Stop by the Myra Ruins as well. (Photos coming soon). It’s easy to do both and have lunch in about 4 hours.
- There are no regulations as to what to wear – but it is a Church.
- The Turkish Muze Kart is accepted.