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Suluin Magarasi, right out of Finike. I was so excited - and then I did not even get to see it.
As the day was again very sunny and beautiful and a cozy 17Celsius we headed to Myra and then on to Demre to finally see the church of St. Nikolaus. The trip was spent mostly explaining to my daughter why Santa Clause is dead and how he can bring presents and why he came from Turkey. As most people, she has no idea that Turkey was once a christian country and when I told her I even visited Marys birthplace she was very astonished.
The trip to Myra was nice all along the coast with lots of winding roads - I knew already, I will hate the way back to the hotel. And now there was a big black clouds coming our way as well...

Right out of Finike there is a sign for Suluin Cave - I love caves, but I could not really find a regular way up.
Had to send the boy up to take the photos
The sign pointed into some fallen rocks, so it was make your way. Good thing I did not try, as there was not much to see at all.  Hmmm...

About Myra:
Myra was one of the big six cities in the lycian union during classical times. After Lykia split from Pamphylia it became administration and religious capital of the region.
After 300 Nikolaus became bishop of Myra. 809 the Arabs plundered Myra and it lost his meaningness... it is still a pilgrimage for the orthodox church and is frequently visited by russians. and 2007 there was an orthodox sermon held, after they have not been giving the permission for five years. Also, the ministy of culture donated 25.000 Euro so that the Basilika can be restored.

Myra used to have a cultcenter for the goddess Artemis which was described as the biggest and sumptuousliest. It got destroyed in an earthquake in  141 A.D. Legend had it that the bishop Nikolaus tore down the tempel with his own hands.

Later on Myra fell into the hands of the seljuk and some Italians took the remains of Nikolas and brought  them to Bari, were they arrived in 1087.

In the centuries Myra ended up getting buried beneath the mud from the demre river.

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Suluin Magarasi, right out of Fini…
Suluin Magarasi, right out of Fin…
Had to send the boy up to take the…
Had to send the boy up to take th…
I think this is the right way up..
I think this is the right way up..
yeah, that is all that is to it. I…
yeah, that is all that is to it. …
Ceiling of the cave
Ceiling of the cave
The way up.. does not look to bad.…
The way up.. does not look to bad…
...till you add people.. there is …
...till you add people.. there is…
Just a shot of the view of the roa…
Just a shot of the view of the ro…
Arrived at Myra. Greeted by three …
Arrived at Myra. Greeted by three…
The theater - and I was tring to g…
The theater - and I was tring to …
again ancient theater
again ancient theater
back entrance
back entrance
Me, in the blue shirt, talking to …
Me, in the blue shirt, talking to…
All those stones still need to fit…
All those stones still need to fi…
Okay maybe not great to run around…
Okay maybe not great to run aroun…
actually I do not always make stup…
actually I do not always make stu…
The graves have wonderful ocean vi…
The graves have wonderful ocean v…
as said before... it does bring hi…
as said before... it does bring h…
German and Russian - Turkish and E…
German and Russian - Turkish and …
you can see family graves
you can see family graves
Medusa -
Medusa -
single graves, but all graves have…
single graves, but all graves hav…
She was supposed to guard against …
She was supposed to guard against…
Look close on the left side - ther…
Look close on the left side - the…
designs in the wall itself
designs in the wall itself
Making a wish
Making a wish
Ahh - dont believe in it
Ahh - don't believe in it
Well, then a try could not hurt
Well, then a try could not hurt
Vendors outside the entrance
Vendors outside the entrance
Myra
photo by: dahling