Photographer's Note

The ancient city of Myra was first established by ancient Greeks before 168 BC, then settled by Romans and later Byzantines. The modern town of Demre seen in the bg, was renamed from 'Kale' in 2005. The ruins of the Lycian and Roman town are mostly covered by alluvial silts. The Acropolis on the Demre-plateau behind me, the Roman theatre seen here, and the Roman baths (eski hamam) have been partly excavated. The semi-circular theatre was destroyed by an earthquake in 141 AD, but rebuilt afterwards.

Saint Nicholas was buried in Myra and his bones were allegedly spirited away to Bari in Italy just before the invading Selchuk Turks arrived in 1087 AD, but very recently, a 2nd tomb beneath the upper one, which was hastily excavated by the Italians, was found, and excavations continue. Lycian rock tombs honeycomb the hill to the right. Tomb robbers smashed them all open centuries ago and ran off with anything of value, such as rings, necklaces, statues or coins.

I recall the bg greenhouses with the white roofs were filled with ripening tomatoes.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16904 W: 1065 N: 36803] (168006)
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