Myra Ancient City

Demre Myra Kekova

The ancient city of Myra is an ancient settlement center established in Demre district of Antalya. Demre stream pioneered the establishment of the ancient city. Demre tea is an important residential area thanks to its connection with the sea as well as its agricultural and animal husbandry activities. It is one of the major commercial centers of antiquity.

The ruins belonging to the Lycian civilization, the structures belonging to the Roman period, and the Byzantine churches are frequently seen in the Aegean region. Many Lycian inscriptions, Lycian coins, periodical instruments were found in the region and it is an important historical source.

The ancient city has a different significance in Byzantine civilization. The church, which was built in the city after the death of the bishop, known as Santa Claus, has increased the reputation of the ancient city.

In terms of architecture, the city has rich works. Each civilization has its own architectural characteristics. There are also structures that different civilizations restore by adding their own cultures.

The traditional houses of the Lycian period, the cultural structures of the Roman period and the theatre and the religious structures of the Byzantine period are home to the churches. The city is rich in ancient times, and in the social future, it is a culturally developed city. It is an ancient city which was named “the brightest city” among the cities of the region in those days.

The ancient city of Demre Creek floods, erosion, earthquakes after experiencing the back of the disaster has lost its importance and moved to the village layout.

Excavations are still ongoing today. It is estimated that the ancient city had a deeper structure. The excavations continue slowly, as they are done with great care.

The ancient city is one of the rare places where foreign tourists come to see. It is also welcomed by local tourists.

Demre district is a rich cultural district and includes Kekova. For those who visit the ancient city of Myra, we recommend that they see the island of Kekova.

To reach the ancient city of Myra, you must first come from Antalya to Demre district. Then, you can visit the ancient city of Myra with your private car, as there is no public transport service.

The entrance fee to the ancient city of Myra is collected by the Ministry of culture and is set as 30 TL. You can also log into the ancient city for free.

The ancient city is served by the Ministry of culture between 08:00 and 19:00. Official holidays are closed.

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