The re-emergence of Myra

In the 14th century, the city of Myra near Demre, Turkey, disappeared under the silt of the Myros River. Now, 700 years later, the city, once an importance pilgrimage site of the Byzantine Empire, is re-remerging - building by building. (photo)

Archaeological investigation was begun on the area in 2009, leading to the discovery of a 13th century chapel, sealed and "in an uncanny state of preservation." The discovery has led experts to believe that the city of Myra, which was home to St. Nicholas, might be intact under the mud.