The church of St. Nicolas the Wonderworker is one of the most famous and highly visited sights in the Demre valley which is known by all the Christians worldwide. If we study the history of this region deeper, we will recall that the boat of the Apostle Paul came to the Andriaka bay near Mira. The Apostle Paul came here before his route to Rome. This ancient city was one of the most prominent and important in Lycia and one of the reason of its value was the service of the bishop Nicolas who became a holy man in the future. Nowadays the church of St. Nicolas the Wonderworker is both a touristic object and a place where pilgrims from the whole world are heading for.
There are many legends talking about the faith and the acts of St. Nicolas. It is known that before this church was built there was a great temple of Arthemis on that place but an awful earthquake destroyed the temple completely. And in the 14th century this holy territory was used to found the church of St. Nicolas the Wonderworker where the bishop was buried. But this temple was destroyed again by environment and then there was a new basilica constructed which was destroyed by the Arabs. The hallows of Nicolas were stolen by the Italians who broke the marble sarcophagus and nowadays the hallows are preserved in Bari in Italy.
The church of St. Nicolas the Wonderworker is an amazing place. There are fresco paintings, arch windows and you feel the holy power and connection to God here which allows you to stop for a while and think about the important things for you and perceive the majesty of a pure faith. You will definitely recall your visit to Church of St. Nicolas the Wonderworker as a nice and inspiring time.
Text: Jevgeniy Nazarenko
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