The church, thought to have been built in the 12th century, was found six metres below the earth and although the 10-metre-high dome has been destroyed, the roof tiles and general structure were in good condition.
Ancient rock tombs in Myra.
Myra was once the capital city of the mighty Lycian empire. Its remains are visible today, north of Demre, which is on the Kas-Finke road. It's not known when it was founded as there's no mention of it in literature before the first century BC.