Fethiye 4: To St. Nicholas Island

Trip Start Feb 08, 2008
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Trip End Sep 11, 2009


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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Monday, June 8, 2009

As the immediately preceding blog described, I was out to identify a strange structural line of rocks I had spied from afar two years previously. When I came to the hill upon which the structure rested I found the hill to be an island, which on that day I did not make an effort to cross to.

On this day, however, my host David and I rented a car and set out to visit the island together, sharing the expenses.



When we first got to the cove at the end of the road we were both reluctant to pay the rate offered to boat us over to the island. So I went for a swim, and after taking my picture Dave retired to the shade to read up on some history of the place. The article cited below will provide pretty much all there is to know.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/santas-tomb-is-found-off-turkey-academics-claim-to-have-found-where-st-nicholas-was-buried-david-keys-reports-1467871.html

If you skip the article, however, some bare facts. The guy we think of as Santa Claus (wearing a warm, fur lined red suit, and residing a the North Pole), was actually St. Nicholas, born, lived and died in very hot an humid climate of southern Turkey. There is a strong likelihood (in the article) that he served at the island, and was initially buried atop that hill on the island pictured in the background (above).



Later in the afternoon, after David and I showed our nonchalance about going over to the island, a lower fee for the boat ride to and from the island was negotiated. At the time I did not have the information that St. Nicholas was thought to have been buried on the island, but did know that he probably had spent time there.

And, at last I discovered what that linear stone structure was, that I had seen two years earlier from a distant hillside. The article refers to it as a "processional way."



























Our curiosities satisfied, we headed back.
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