Myra was part of the Lycian empire along the Turquoise Coast. It had a long history as part of the ancient Greek and Roman empires with a port important to trade throughout the Mediterranean. Myra is rumored to have been the birth place of St. Nicholas in the 4th century AD (the Byzantine era). In Biblical times, St. Paul is said to have changed ships in the harbor. Great travelers throughout time have marveled at the cliffs housing the necropolis, and its amphitheater was one of the largest of the Lycian empire.