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Photos: St. Nicholas church. Old St. Nick origin

    This continues from Kas, headed toward Antalya, but stopping at Kale (Demre village),
to see the Church of Saint Nicholas of ancient Myra, known for his secret gifts to children,
and the inspiration for Santa Claus.  The church's colorful floors made of opus sectile,
a mosiac of colored marble, are the most beautiful I've seen anywhere.

    I've included a Lot of duplicates at the church because the use of flash gave more resolution
but produced colors on the yellowish side, even after Paintshop color adjustments.  
However, the non-flash ones are of course grainy, as it was dark.  So, essentially,
some are just alternates.  More info soon, I hope.


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From the car, on way from Kas to Antalya
From the car, on way from Kas to Antalya
Kaputas Bay at Kaputas Gorge
Kaputas Bay at Kaputas Gorge
The popular sand and pebble beach
The popular sand and pebble beach
A good lunch at Kas and interesting shops, actually
A good lunch at Kas and interesting shops, actually
This shot's for those who prefer no people in them  :-)
This shot's for those who prefer no people in them :-)
At every outdoor cafe, you will find at least one of these
At every outdoor cafe, you will find at least one of these
Leaving Kas for old Myra (now Kale)
Leaving Kas for old Myra (now Kale)
At the Church of Saint Nicholas in Kale
At the Church of Saint Nicholas in Kale
This is, logically enough, said to be young St. Nicholas.
This is, logically enough, said to be young St. Nicholas.
From another angle.  Note the floors and the window decoration.
From another angle. Note the floors and the window decoration.
The blue at the top, in the LCD viewer,  matched more what I saw.
The blue at the top, in the LCD viewer, matched more what I saw.
Taken without flash and grainy but color is closer.
Taken without flash and grainy but color is closer.
From the chapel, or sanctuary
From the chapel, or sanctuary
This beautiful little church seems a well-kept secret (for tourists).
This beautiful little church seems a well-kept secret (for tourists).
Will include more info on this beautiful place soon.
Will include more info on this beautiful place soon.
Finally went outside ...
Finally went outside ...
In addition to  floor decoration outside, there were wall paintings also, but they've faded.
In addition to floor decoration outside,
there were wall paintings also, but they've faded.
That beautiful floor again!
That beautiful floor again!
See colorful area at right bottom.
See colorful area at right bottom.
A flash shot, corrected for color
A flash shot, corrected for color
I saw this on one of the ceilings inside and became fixated.
I saw this on one of the ceilings inside and became fixated.
A little closer
A little closer
Everywhere I looked, there was a beautiful scene.
Everywhere I looked, there was a beautiful scene.
Will ID the grumpy saint later. Might be St. Paul.
Will ID the grumpy saint later. Might be St. Paul.
Closer up
Closer up
Exterior of St. Nicholas church, right side
Exterior of St. Nicholas church, right side
A statue of old Saint Nick, who dropped money down chimneysfor poorer  daughters who could not marry otherwise
A statue of old Saint Nick, who dropped money down chimneys
for poorer daughters who could not marry otherwise
Closer up
Closer up
From the front, on St. Nicholas' left.
From the front, on St. Nicholas' left.
Bad photo but I liked the eyes.Not your Jolly St. Nick tho'
Bad photo but I liked the eyes.
Not your Jolly St. Nick tho'