geographical name \ˈmī-rə\

Definition of MYRA

ancient city S Asia Minor on coast of Lycia

Rhymes with MYRA


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient city, Lycia, southern coast of Anatolia. Its location was near the modern city of Kale in southwestern Turkey. Ancient ruins dating from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC include an acropolis, a magnificent theatre, and several rock-cut tombs that resemble wooden houses and shrines. St. Paul is known to have visited Myra in the 1st century AD, and St. Nicholas was bishop of the city in the 4th century. It was the capital of Byzantine Lycia until it fell to the 'Abbasids in 808.


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