In the village of Demre in Turkey is the famous Church of St. Nicholas. This church is associated with the legend of St. Nicholas, the protector of sailors and children.

St. Nicholas was born in Patara near Fethiye in 245 and lived until 326. He was known for his good deeds and helping those in need. History links him to a village in Demre where a poor man with three daughters lived.

At that time, if a girl did not have a sufficient dowry, she could be sold into slavery. The three daughters had no dowry and their father had already decided to sell them into slavery. However, one day three sacks of gold were thrown through a window into their house. The sacks fell next to the shoes standing in front of the stove for drying. It is believed that St. Nicholas threw these bags of gold. This miraculous act became a tradition and children still expect gifts from St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus.

After St. Nicholas died, he was buried in Demre and a church was built in his honor. The Church of St. Nicholas has become a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists who want to honor this saint and learn more about his life and legacy.

The Church of St. Nicholas in Demre is a historic architectural structure with unique frescoes and icons. It is a symbol of faith and hope, and visiting it allows you to immerse yourself in the history and culture of Turkey.