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Demre is a town and its surrounding district in the Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, named after the river Demre. Kekova, is a small Turkish island near Demre (Demre is the Lycian town of Myra) district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kaleköy (ancient Simena) and Üçağız (ancient Teimioussa). Kekova has an area of 4.5 km² and is uninhabited.This article is about the 4th century saint. For the popular figure in Western folk-legend, see Santa Claus. For other uses, see Saint Nicholas (disambiguation). The historical Saint Nicholas is remembered and revered among Catholic and Orthodox Christians. He is also honored by various Anglican andLutheran churches.
Saint Nicholas of Myra The original Santa Claus. The district was known as Kale until it was renamed in 2005. A substantial Christian community of Greeks lived in Demre (Myra) until the 1920s when they were forced to migrate to Greece after the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey. The abandoned Greek villages in the region are a striking reminder of this exodus. Abandoned Greek houses can still be seen at Demre and the regions of Kalkan, Kas and Kaya which is a Greek ghost town. A small population of Turkish farmers moved into the region when the Greek Christians migrated to Greece. The region is popular with tourists today particularly Christian pilgrims who visit the tomb of Saint Nicholas.
- St. NICHOLAS MYRA