Photographer's Note

Lycia, roughly described as the area southern an imaginary line Antalya - Fethiye, was settled by the lycians even before the greek colonies were founded. They had their own writing, still not deciphered totally.

Tombs of different lycian styles are cut into the the rock, a fascinating view. Some with reliefs representing the dead and their families or friends, all cut out of the rock. The general view is simply breathtaking, dating from / before the 4th century BC.

It is not known with certainty exactly when the city of Myra was founded; careful investigation of archeological findings such as the style of the reliefs on the gravestones indicate that the city existed before the 5th century BC. The city's golden era was the 2nd century AD. Myra was completely destroyed 141 AD by an earthquake.

With the generous help of the roman proconsul, Lucius and the wealthy Opromaos of Radiopolis the city was rebuild.

During Theodosius II (408-450 AD), the city became to the status of Metropolit of Lykia.

The famos Nicholas, Noel Baba as his is called in Demre (todays name of Myra) made this town known throughout the world. He was born in Patara and lived in the 4th century AD in Myra. He became the "gardian angle" for sailors.

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