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