St Nicholas Museum is 141 km (87 mile) far to Antalya centurum. The Church of Saint Nicholas, its important architectural style and ornamentation in Byzantine art, is the finest example from the Middle Byzantine Period. The fact that Myra (Demre) was the capital of the Lycian province in the 5th century A.D. and the Archbishop of Myra was the second highest religious authority in Anatolia played an important role in increasing reputation of the city after the death of Saint Nicholas. The people of Myra built a monument and then a big basilica in the name of the Saint after his death. Within the same period a big church was built in Istanbul in the name of St. Nicholas. The basilica in Myra suffered a lot from earthquakes and invasions in the 8th century and was rebuilt as a domed church in the 9th century. The later additions were made in the 11th century during the Middle Byzantine Period. It is known that the most important restoration was carried out by order of Emperor Constantine IX, who became the emperor in 1042 and his wife Zoe. Most of the wall paintings and floor mosaics date well back to this period.

Open daily between 09:00-17:30
Address: Demre – Antalya
Tel: +90.242.871 68 20
Admission: 15 TL

* Ticket booths are closing 30 minutes or an hour before the museum closing time*

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