Church of Saint Nicholas

Gemiler Island
St. Nicholas Island


The small island had four churches, designating it an important pilgrimage site. This one (known as Church II), is the second dedicated to St. Nicholas. It is lower on the island and was probably built in the 7th century. The island had been a stopping point for pilgrims to the Holy Land since the 2nd century. In the Middle Ages nautical almanacs show it as Greek Agios Nikolaos and Genoese San Nicola. Turks knew it as Gemiler (Boats).