Myra is an ancient town in Lycia, where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today in Antalya Province of Turkey. Saint Nicholas of Myra lived here. We know him today as Santa Claus.
Myra is located on a rocky slope near the Stream of Myros, and was once part of the Lycian Union. It developed during the second century BC under patronage of the wealthy citizens of the region. In early Byzantine times Myra became the capital city of the region.
The well preserved Greco-Roman amphitheatre at Myra was the largest in Lycia. The theater was destroyed in an earthquake in 141, but rebuilt afterwards. The seating capacity of the theatre is 9-10.000 people. It has double vaulted corridors and still has the places where shops and stalls once occupied. One such stall still carries the inscription ‘place of the vendor Gelasius’.
The most striking feature of the theatre are the theatrical masks and mythological scenes carved in to the rocks of the building.


Featured in Cee`s Fun Artsy Friends group on Jan 5th 2011


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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    wonderful work Maria

  • You are so quick!! Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it:)

    – Maria1606

  • ukscotland
    ukscotlandover 3 years ago

    i visited one like this in taragona, east spain
    just blow barcelona… it is great how they built this stuff
    thanks ian )

  • Thanks for commenting, Ian. Hope you did not do that in the heat of the summer like I did:)

    – Maria1606

  • ukscotland
    ukscotlandover 3 years ago

    yeah it was hot ….mid 30 s maybe 36 c…took my top off while walking around and had the spainish staff telling me to put my top back on ) ha ha

  • Not to get sun-burnt, I suppose. I was “dazed and confused” all the time:))

    – Maria1606

  • ukscotland
    ukscotlandover 3 years ago

    the link here
    taragona amphitheatre

  • Thanks for the link

    – Maria1606

  • ukscotland
    ukscotlandover 3 years ago

    i had lots of water….and carried the bag for me and the ex girlfriend….maybe one day i go to Rome…)

  • Hope you do!

    – Maria1606

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 3 years ago

    Spectacular work,anna

  • Thanks very much, dear Anna

    – Maria1606

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends Group

  • Wow! Thank you so much, Cee! I`m so delighted…

    – Maria1606

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnover 3 years ago

    Wow, an impressive place! Thanks for sharing it :)

  • Thanks for your comment:)

    – Maria1606

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much

    – Maria1606

  • BingoStar
    BingoStarover 3 years ago

    Maria that is such an amazing story and what a great picture. It sounds like a very mysterious place to adventure in too. Thank you for such a nice writing.

  • So glad yo like this! Thanks a lot:))

    – Maria1606

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