Another story about my Turkish trip. Today he will be devoted to the Church of St. Nicholas in Demre.
The road from Antalya to Demre takes place along the stunning sea. I have not seen such a turquoise color. If only I could paint it))). And in a small town Finike. It is considered the birthplace of the famous Turkish tomatoes)
The Church of St. Nicholas, built in the 4th century. It is a marble sarcophagus in 1087 the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. In the 19th century the Church was reconstructed on the funds of the Russian Empire. She currently inactive and you can visit it as a Museum. Only one day a year it is fulfilling its religious functions. On 6 December the birthday of Nicholas of Myra thousands of Christian pilgrims gather for worship.According to the story, Nicholas was born in 245 in the city of Patara in sixty kilometers from Demre. His parents belonged to a fairly rich well-known family, and from Nicholas inherited a good condition. However, he was indifferent to material things, because since childhood led a spiritual life. In the year 300 he became the Bishop of Myra, where he lived until his death.
Despite his very old age, the Church is well preserved murals and frescos of the XI and XII centuries, which give the room a completely extraordinary look. The floor is paved with a very interesting mosaic of different types of stone. It is believed that this mosaic was in fact an ancient temple existed even before came in Demre Saint Nicholas.Saint Nicholas after his death was buried in the marble of the Lycian sarcophagus in the Church. In the XI century, when the Church was threatened to be plundered by the Seljuk Turks, Italian merchants stole the relics of the Saint and his ship took them to Bari, in the South-East of Italy. To this day the Shrine is the temple of this Italian city.
Now the relics of St. Nicholas in Moscow, and a month will go to St.-Petersburg. I will go to pray for the peace and health of all who suffer.Now St. Nicholas is one of the most venerated saints in Christianity. The Russian Church put a special service along with the apostles on Thursdays. He is revered not only as the defender from troubles and misfortunes, but also as the guardian of the waters. Russian sailors believed him as their patron.After the Church of St. Nicholas we looked at the sunken city of Kekova and swim in the clear water of a small Bay. we were on our way past small Islands. My dream is to stay in seclusion on a small island)Here is the journey we have made. Thank you for your time, which you will not regret to visit me at my home!