Basilica of St. Nicholas

Gemiler Island
St. Nicholas Island


The church was built in the early Byzantine period (late 400s - 500s). Archeologists have uncovered evidence that the church burned in the mid-7th century, a time when Lycia was being attacked by Arabs. The church was abandoned when the isoand was deserted in the 1100s. It was later used as graveyard. Built to accomodate many pilgrims, the church was clearly visible from the sea.