Myra Ancient City

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Parking area: Yes

Entrance fee: Yes

Closed Day: –

Visiting Hours of Myra Summer Period: 08: 30-19: 30 (15 April-2 October)

Visiting Hours of Myra Winter Period: 08: 30-17: 30 (3 October-14 April)

Myra Holidays: The first day of religious holidays until noon.

Distance from Antalya Republic Square (City Center):  142 km ( D400)

Distance from Antalya international airport: 157 km ( D400)

Distance from Antalya bus station: 143 km ( D400) 

Importance and general aspects:

Myra is an important Lykia city, where Saint Nicholaos was a bishop and therefore maintained its reputation throughout the entire Middle Ages, and its name means “the place of the Great Goddess of the Mother”. Myra, which is known as “Myrrh” in the Lycian language, was founded on the sea-facing slope of the mountains that turned the Demre plain from the northwest. The city, which was first built from the hill on the rock tombs of today, expanded downwards and became one of the six important cities of Lykia. The city BC. IV. There is a mother goddess relief on the first coin minted in the 19th century48. The most important structure of the city, St. Nikolas Church was destroyed in 1034 in the occupation it suffered as a result of Arab raids3 but repaired again 11th centuary49. The ruins that have survived to the present day form the theater on the southern skirt of the acropolis and rock tombs on both sides. There are Roman and Hellenistic city walls at the top. Myra was once the capital of the Lycian province. The Ancient City of Myra has a special significance in Christianity as it is the city visited by St. Paul and his friends, who are considered the most famous and even the most influential of the Christian missionaries50. Most interesting structures here are the rock tombs and the theatre mask reliefs51.

How to get there

There are 2 faster options in order to reach Myra; by car or by bus from the Antalya Bus Station.

What to do?

It is possible to visit here during the cultural event and take the photo of this historical artifacts.


What to eat?

There is a museum shop in Myra. You can find snacks and soft drinks here.

What to buy?

Museum shop selling souvenirs related to Myra and Antalya of history.

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