After you leave the Islands 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 natural shelter for the yachts. The yachts can be tied to the 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 into the 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 palace 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.
Above text and pictures are from the book titled "A Blue Romance".
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