Residents of Demre in South-west Turkey hope more tourists will visit the area which also features an amphitheatre, remains of an acropolis and a large grain store. Of special interest are the tombs cut into the cliffs. "We get many Russian visitors here in Demre," says businessman Hassan Ocal. "They are here because of the saint and take home small sacks of earth in his memory." Nicholas is the patron saint of Russia and of the Orthodox church.