St Nicholas Church Tours

In AD 343, St Nicholas (also known as Santa Claus) was laid to rest in a tomb beneath the church in Antalya where he'd previously served as bishop. A new St Nicholas Church was built years later atop the foundations of the old church before it was later destroyed in an Arab raid and then rebuilt once more by Constantine IX. Today, it’s one of Turkey’s most important Christian pilgrimage sites.

While the remains of St Nicholas are no longer interred at the church (they were reportedly stolen by Italian merchants in 1087), his sarcophagus can be found in the southernmost aisle of the church. Also notable are the stunning Byzantine frescoes and mosaic tile floors.

Practical Info

The reputed remaining bones of St Nicholas are on display inside the Antalya Museum.
Address: Merkez, 07570 Demre (Kale), Antalya, Turkey
Hours: 9am to 7pm
Admission: 15TL
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