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A friese from a rock tomb at Myra (Demre, Turkey) in Lykia. This belongs to 5th century BC. The blue and pinkish paint remains show that it was originally painted all over. The scene has a black servant (possibly a loved slave as he appears here) on the left, in the middle a mourning wife, and on the right the deceased shown with hic atletic abilities holding a strigilis to scrape himself and an aryballos where he carries oil. Further scenes outside and on the other side of the tomb where I stand. I may upload photos of those later.

Myra of course is the famous city of Saint Nicholas or Hagios Nikolaos, better known nowadays after horrible cola adds in 1930s as Santa Claus. Of course Santa Claus existed. And of course he did not live in Finland, nor he had a deer pulled slading cart or a funny red gown. He originally lived here at Myra in Turkey and was the priest of the church here in the 5th century AD. After performing some miracles he becomes a saint. Than his story gets mixed up with another Nikolaos of Sion that lived nearby and these two form the miracle forming patron saint of the Russian and Greek Orthodox church. In medieval times they import him (including some stolen bones allegedly that belonged to the saint) into Bari in Italy. And he becaomes an important saint in the western chuch as well.

To cut a long story short, he lived at where this lovely rock tomb is....

There are a lot of other photos from this place under headings of Antalya/Demre; Antalya/Kale and Antalya/Myra... I don't know why, but all of these are the same place, but like all photo headings from turkey, the places are confused. I can help a TE administrator if they want to tidy Turkey photos categories up a little. Somebody should do it.

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