Myra is a not to be missed stop during your Turkish coast “blue cruise”. Myra is an ancient city. Although the date of Myra's first foundation is not known, from some Lycian inscriptions found in the area it would appear that the habitation existed in the 5th century. Strabo counts it among the six notable cities of Lycia. In the early years of Christianity in 60 AD, St Paul met with his followers here on their way to Rome. During the 2nd century AD Myra became a center of the diocese, and it was during that period that its theatre was built. During the Byzantine Period, Myra maintained its role as a religious center. During the 4th century AD, St Nicholas of Patara, later to be known as Santa Claus, was bishop of Myra. His tomb and a church dedicated to him are to be found here. The ruins of Myra are situated 5 km inland, between the modern town and the sea. The acropolis of the city is situated on top of the cliffs containing the Lycian rock tombs. The city walls, dating from the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, are still to be seen protecting the acropolis. The rock tombs cover the southern cliffs below the acropolis like a sheet of lace. Apart from the tombs beside the theatre, others are to be seen on the river banks and in the surrounding cliffs.
To see the tombs more closely and in order to examine them in detail, we can climb up to them via a flight of steps belonging to the theatre, the river flowing by below. The most interesting tomb in the necropolis has a façade shaped like that of a temple. The theatre is situated close to the rock tombs. It is in a relatively good condition. The cavea has been carved into a slope out of the rock. The galleries were supported at the sides with vaulting that was used both for access to the upper galleries and also contained shops. Below the diazoma were 29 rows of seats, and below them, 6 rows more. The scene is still standing up to the second course in places and from the remaining fragments, it would appear that the façade facing the audience was extremely ornate. The town of Myra and the Church were demolished during the Arabian raids in the 7th and 9th centuries, and were totally destroyed in the naval raid made again by the Arabs in 1034: Constantine Monomakhos IX and Zoe the empress had made the Church reconstructed and also surrounded by walls. Port of Andriake, taking place in Çayagzi at a few km. distance from Kale, is known as the port of Myra town, where the Hadrian Granarium (granary) with dimensions of 36x45 m still stands erect. don't miss the opportunity of sailing vacation in these amazing location: Italy yacht charters provides crewed motor boats, sailing boats, luxury yachts and gulets for luxury blue cruises along the coast of Turkey.