Myra (Demre) is known as the place where Saint Nicholas, known as Santa Claus (Christmas Father) in Christianity world, had performed his duty as a bishop.
St. Nicholas Church, bears great importance for Christians was located in Antalya and was established by the time St. Nicholas, also called Santa Claus, died. There is also a museum in the area in commemoration of St. Nicholas who was born in Patara and spent his entire life in Anatolia. St Nicholas was initially buried here but some traders stole part of his remains during the crusades and took them to Bari. The rest of the bones considered to belong to St. Nicolas are preserved at the Antalya Museum today.