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Santa Claus Church | Museum of St. Nicholas | Grave of Santa Claus

Santa Claus Church | Museum of St. Nicholas | Grave of Santa Claus

Memorial Museum of St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas, known as Santa Claus in the world, was born in Patara, one of the important cities of the Lycian region and lived in Myra (Demre).St. Nicholas was a bishop in Myra. St. Nicholas' respected religious personality allowed him to become a saint after his death. After he died for the savior of the poor, Saint Nicholas, who was believed to be the protector of sailors and students, the Myraites built a church in his name and put it in the sarcophagus.

Saint Nicholas, who is a highly respected saint in Russia, Europe and America, has become a tradition to wish to wish "Let Saint Nicholas hold the helm" as he embarks on the expedition.Mayra, where the Church of St. Nicholas is located, was the capital of the Lycian region and was highly influenced by St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas Church is an important monument in Byzantine art history, the most outstanding example. Floods, earthquakes and invasions suffered great damage in Santa Claus Church in 1042 Emperor IX.

It was repaired by Constantine and his wife Zoe, and in 1862 by the Russian Tsar Nicholas I.During the Crusades held in 1087, merchants from Bari stole the bones of St. Nicholas, took them to Bari, Italy, and buried them in the basilica.Some of the remaining bones, presumably belonging to St. Nicholas, are preserved in the Antalya Museum today. Demre district center Gökyazı Mah. Museum Cad. St. Nicholas Memorial Museum, which is located on the opening, opens at 08.00 in the morning. Museum entrance fee is valid.

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