Myra Ancient Cİty
Myra was once a much larger site containing the grandiose temple of the Goddess of Artemis Eleuthera but it was destroyed in the 4th century AD, during the time of St Nicholas who endeavoured to remove all trace of paganism from the land. The Church of St Nicholas is located in Demre, it was once served as a resting place to the saint and now hosts a small museum.
Although there are no historical record of Myra before the 1st century BC, the grand city is thought to be among the 6 major cities of the Lycian Union, the other 5 are all located in southwest Turkey, between the modern city of Antalya and the quirky port town of Fethiye. Xanthos, Patara, Tlos, Pinara and Olympos can be visited from either of these locations and some are connected by Turkey's first long-distance hiking trail, the Lycian Way.