Many Greeks lived here until the 1920s when they were forced to migrate to Greece after the population exchange between Greece and Turkey. Today the town is very agricultural, surrounded by fields of greenhouses.
Saint Nicholas Church: The earliest church was built in the 6th century. The constructed church of today was mainly constructed from the 8th century onward. This church was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, patron saint of sailors but better known as father Christmas. Many stories are told of the good Bishop of Demre, and perhaps he was indeed a generous man who extended charity to the poor of his town. He died here and his grave became very important and was visited by many. In 1087 his bones were stolen by merchants from Bari, Italy and were taken to a church there, where they now lie.
There are 2 sets of Lycian rock cut tombs. They were designed to look like wooden houses. Some of them have figures carved above the door which might indicate the type of persons entombed. Perhaps warriors as the photo shows.
The Roman Theatre was constructed 200-225 AD and sat 11,000 people.
During our 3 day stay in Ucagiz we ate at Hassan’s Restaurant several times and got to know the family. Hassan’s fish was the best we have had in Turkey and their appetiser buffet is very good. They invited us to use their dock anytime for our dingy and assisted us getting a private taxi to Demre. They are very helpful to sailors and oh so friendly.