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Kekova, Myra & Church of St Nicolas
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This tour offers you a cool day out, we spend the morning at sites on the coast and the warmer part of the day on a spacious glass bottom boat with plenty of swim stops. A large delicious BBQ lunch with several starters is served on board in a quiet cove.

Our first stop, Myra, has a long history and was one of the most important cities in Lycia. In Roman times Myra was on the sea and was the port where St. Paul changed ships on his way to Rome in about 60 AD. The city is well known for its amphitheatre (the largest in Lycia) and the plethora of rock-cut tombs carved in the cliff above the theatre. Constantine made Myra the capitol of Lycia as well as a bishopric. St. Nicholas was one of Myra's early bishops in the 4th century AD, famous for his miracles and known for his kindness. We stop at the nearby Church of St. Nicholas inside of which is the sarcophagus of St. Nicholas although his remains were taken to Italy during the Latin Crusades of the 11th century.

We then spend the rest of the day in the area of Kekova-Simena on a spacious double-decked glass bottom boat (to see the ruins below the water), with lots of swim stops in the beautiful turquoise water.

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Kekova-Simena is a very popular Lycian site, situated upon one of the most attractive spots of the Turkish Turquoise Coast - a popular spot for yachters. The name "Kekova" is Turkish for "plain of thyme" and describes the area of and around the ancient Lycian sunken city of Simena. A charming mix of ancient, medieval and modern history makes Kekova-Simena interesting as well as beautiful. In ancient times Simena was a small fishing village, later a Crusaders’ outpost of the Knights of St. John and now the sleepy fishing village of Kale.

The ancient city of Simena was once of two parts - an island and a coastal part of the mainland. On the mainland the charming village of Kale ("castle") stands today, its buildings mingling with ancient and medieval structures. At the top of the village sits a well-preserved crusaders’ castle built partially upon ancient Lycian foundations. Inside the castle is the smallest amphitheatre of Lycia. At the eastern end of the village is a cluster of some very nice sarcophagi overlooking the sea and surrounded by ancient olive trees. Near the harbour of Kale is another sarcophagus, popping up from the water. Across the bay, along the island are the half-submerged ruins of the residential part of Simena, caused by the downward shift of land by the terrible earthquake of the 2nd century AD. Half of the ancient houses are submerged and staircases descend into the water. Foundations of buildings and the ancient harbour are also seen below the sea.
Itinerary Courtesy of Xpress Tours Kalkan
 
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