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Main Attractions in Myra

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This ancient city has much to offer to the inquisitive mind as well as the explorer in you.

If you have always been amazed at how Father Christmas manages to know how good or bad you have been then you should definitely visit the Church of St. Nicholas. Inside the church lies the sarcophagus of St. Nicholas who is known to have made charitable donations all his life to poor and needy children and young girls in need of dowry. 11th century Italian relic hunters have looted his holy remains, however some argue about it being with the Venetians and the Russians.

Myra has the remains of an ancient Amphitheatre that is Greco-Roman in style and is the largest theatre in Lycia. It is in a good state of preservation with its double-arched hallways and a message in a stall that reads "place of the vendor Gelasius", probably an ancient refreshment stand.

On the west side of the theater lies the famous rock-cut tombs. These tombs have been built on a steep cliff and are all designed like the temple type. The tombs are generally from the 4th century B.C. and contain reliefs of funeral scenes. Brightly colored, most of the tombs lie disfigured in the present times.


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