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Kekova – Myra – Demre Tour (1 Person)

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Demre is a town and district in the Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, named after the river Demre.[3]

Demre is the Lycian town of Myra, the home of Saint Nicholas of Myra. The district was known as Kale until it was renamed in 2005. Until the 1920s the majority of people who lived in Demre (Myra) were Christian Greeks. At that time this majority migrated to Greece as part of the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey.[4] The abandoned Greek villages in the region are a striking reminder of this exodus. Abandoned Greek houses can still be seen at Demre and the regions of KalkanKaş and Kayaköy, a Greek ghost town.[4] A small population of Turkish farmers moved into the region when the Greeks migrated.[4] The region is popular with tourists today, particularly Christian pilgrims who visit the tomb of Saint Nicholas.

 

Kekova, also named Caravola[1] (GreekDolichiste), is a small Turkish island near Demre (Demre is the Lycian town of Myra) district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kaleköy (ancient Simena) and Üçağız (ancient Teimioussa). Kekova has an area of 4.5 km2 (2 sq mi) and is uninhabited.

St. Nicholas Church is an ancient East Roman basilica church in the ancient city of Myra, now a museum located in modern DemreAntalya ProvinceTurkey. It was built above the burial place of St Nicholas, a 4th-century Christian bishop of Myra,[1][2] an important religious figure for Eastern Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics and the historical inspiration for Santa Claus.[3] Its use dated from its 6th century construction for the state church of the Roman Empire by Justinian the Great. The basilica is on UNESCO‘s tentative list to become a World Heritage Site.[4]

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  • Transfer from-to-hotel
  • Guiding (russian)
  • Entrance fees (kekova-myra)
  • Lunch
  • St nicholas church
  • Drinks

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