Myra Ancient City

Myra Ancient City

The famous Lycian Union city of Myra in ancient times was a powerful hub, whose Roman-era amphitheatre and tombs carved from the rocks below still stand today. Myra's Ancient City is famed for its connection to the Saint Nicholas, known as Santa Claus. The city boasts several rock tombs and a Roman Theatre with exhibits that are reminiscent of the engineering features from other cities like Perge, Aspendos and Selge.

Myra Ancient City

Myra, which was among the six important cities of Lycia with three voting rights, was named after the Myros River (Demre Stream) where it was founded. The story of Myra, which was the capital of Lycia civilization for a period, begins with the grave reliefs and ends at Andriake. This is also known as the place where Goddess Kybele was Artemis.

In the fourth century AD, Myra was a bishopric where Saint Nicholas is an important religious figure for both Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Myra lost its importance during the seventh century AD due to earthquakes, floods and Arab raids. Today, Myra is home to remnants of theater ruins in the southern end and limestone tombs on the east and west hilltops.

The fertile and cultivated plain of Myra has long been a centre of attraction throughout history. Come and see the hidden necropolis at Myra this year!