Gemiler Islands is located on the Mediterranean south coast of Turkey between Oludeniz and Fethiye after you leave the Island of Karacaoren behind, you reach the Island of Ships which is opposite a small inlet lying in the shadow of pine and olive trees. The space between the island and the shore is a naturel shelter for the yachts. The yachts can be tied to trees or rocks on the shore. The island is full of historical works of art and the church of St Nicholas is here. Therefore, the island is also called the Island of St. Nicholas. Although it has been suggested recently that the tomb of Santa Claus might have been here, the accepted fact is that the tomb is in Myra.
All of the remains in the Island of Ships belong to the Late Age. Owing to the fact that an earthquake caused the island to sink a little in to in to water in the year 240 AD, some of the remains lie underwater today. There are the remains of a palace ornamented with mosaics, on top of the island. This Place is connected to the church on the shore, by means of a tunnel 500 m in length. There are also many other remains of houses on the island.
Gemiler Island (St.Nicholas) is filled with ruins. Among the medieval buildings on the island is a church and on the hill are the ruins of a palace decorated with mosaics. There are cisterns and wells on the island .On the northern side are the remains of a quay and ware house that are now partially submerged .The side of the island facing the mainland is suitable as anchorage. Immediately opposite this is a restaurant and places where one may find accommodation. This place is also accessible by high way from Fethiye. Inland was the ancient city Carmylessus. Between here and Fethiye is a village of Kaya formerly in habited by Greeks, the village was abandoned during the population exchanges that took place in 1922. It has been untouched since & is open to visitors.
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