Akyürek said the five-meter-wide and 10-meter-high temple dome had been partially destroyed, but the tiles on the roof were still in good condition.
“The church most probably belongs to the 12th century A.D., but we will be able to determine its exact period once we enter the building,” Akyürek said.
All Byzantine-period buildings that have managed to survive until today have either undergone restoration or have had their roofs changed, Akyürek said, but added that the Myra church still had its original structure.
Myra was a leading city of the Lycian Union and surpassed Xanthos in early Byzantine times, becoming the capital of Lycia. Its remains are situated about 1.5 km north of today’s Demre, on the Ka?-Finike road.