The middle one is also damaged, with a broken top, and sometimes identified as the correct tomb.
Photos J M Rosenthal,St Nicholas Society, Matt Porter, Fulbright scholar,Flickr, and Carol Myers,St. Nicholas Center.Fnestripe Productrions. Used by permission.
The northeast aisle arcade was opened to the public in it wasnt open when we visited in May a boy helped by taking photos with my camera through the space underneath the locked doors at each end. The aisle has many frescos from the th century, including some of the life cycle of Saint Nicholasthe earliest and only such cycle to have survived in Antalya.
Photos of the church, rock tombs, amphitheatre and modern Myra/Demre, Russian site
The church to honor Saint Nicholas and contain his tomb was built in AD on the foundations of the older Christian church where Saint Nicholas served asbishop. Over time the river changed course and the church filled with silt and was buried the pictures show it is fifteentotwenty feet below ground level. In Russian Tsar Nicholas I restored the church, adding the tower and other changes to its Byzantine architecture. The church is regarded as the rd most important Byzantine structure inAnatolia. It is noted for the remarkable wall frescos, its architectural and its religious significance. The northeast annex arcade contains the only example of the Nicholas cycle in Turkey. These photos are from and , taken by J. Rosenthal, M. Porter and C. Myers. Click for larger views.
Saint Nicholas statue, gift to Demre from Russia
Several tombs have been alledged to have been St. Nicholas original tomb. The one on the left is often identified as the original tomb, as the side is smashed,however, the cover shows two figures, neither a clergy person.
The Four Faces of NicholasWho is he in his hometown?
Source Preservation and Restoration of Frescoes and Mosaics in the Church of Saint Nicholas of Myra, Turkey,Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation
Church of Saint Nicholas Divine Liturgy in Demre,
Tsar Nicholas I, who restored the church in , had the Troparion to St. Nicholas carved into stone and placed over this tomb.
The restoration of the church, and particularly the wall paintings, has been carried out with support from the Antalya Administration , the Ecumenical Patriarchate ofConstantinople, the World Monuments FundSamuel H. Kress Foundation , and most recently by the Aristotle S. Onassis and Vehbi Ko foundations . The site was included in the World Heritage List in . The work of inventorying the murals and architectural spaces is carried out by the Conservation of Historic Buildings and Architecture under the direction of architect Cengiz Kabaonlu. Preservation and restoration is under the direction of T. Ridvan Isler. Historian Nilay Karakaya, Erciyes University, analyzes and interprets the wall paintings that have been recorded and restored. Professor Yildiz Otken, Hacettepe University, Ankara, is Director of the excavations and publishes the reports.
St. Nicholas visiting Constantine in a dream or the ship captain in time of mine
The tomb below is also named as St. Nicholas original tomb.
Extensivephotos of the church, including frescoesChurchSt Nicholas Center