Myra Ancient City

Discover Antalya and hidden necropolis Myra

Archaeological Site of Myra

Myra is one of the most interesting and important ancient cities of Turkey. This unique city is located in Demre which is a small town of the west side of Antalya. When you arrive there, you will be amazed by the tombs carved into the rocks.


One of the most powerful cities of the Lycian Union, the ancient city of Myra is known for its perfectly preserved Roman era amphitheatre and its tombs carved in the rocks overlooking the amphitheatre. This site is renowned mostly for being the home of the Saint Nicholas, known also as Santa Claus. Myra Ancient City is among the most beautiful examples of its kind in Anatolia. The rock tombs, which should be visited, and the ruins of the Myra ancient theatre reflect the characteristics of Roman engineering. This theatre is as impressive as those of Perge, Aspendos and Selge.

Thanks to its fertile and cultivated plain, Myra has been a centre of attraction throughout history. Come and witness to the history of hidden necropolis Myra.

Saint Nicholas Church

Myra is the city where Saint Nicholas was a bishop in 4th century AD. He is an important religious figure for Eastern Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics all around the world. You can discover Saint Nicholas Church which is on the UNESCO Tentative List to become a world heritage site.

History of Myra

Myra, which was among the six important cities of the Lycian Union 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 in the sea with the Port of Andriake. This is also known as the place where Goddess Kybele was Artemis.

Archaeological Ruins: Places to be visited include especially the magnificent tombs carved in the rocks, the theatre which has a capacity of around 6500, the temple, the agora, the antique port structures and the Church of Saint Nicholas.

There are still some remains to be unearthed in Myra, which lived its most glorious time in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

UNESCO Tentative List

The Saint Nicholas Church in the ancient city of Myra, which was included on the UNESCO Tentative List in 2000, is one of the outstanding universal values of Turkey. The brightest city of the ancient times, Myra is waiting for you in Demre, Antalya. Don't miss it.

  • Official Name: Saint Nicholas Church
  • Architectural Type: Ancient City
  • Date of Submission: 2000
  • Category: Cultural
  • Reference: 1399
  • Location: Antalya, Turkey
Archaeological Site of Myra
Myra Amphitheatre, Demre, Antalya