Myra is worth visiting with its legends, historical places
On the streets of a city that rests its back against
the Taurus Mountains, a delicious scent wafts in
the breezes between the mountainside and the sea.
It is said that sailors of passing ships, like bees
attracted to flowers, were lured by this perfume
blowing on the wind and would steer their ships
toward the shore. These waters belong to the city
of Myra and its harbour Andriake. Myra, named for
the fragrant but bitter gum tree which is called
sarisakiz in Turkish, derives from the word “murru”
of the Akkadeans or the word “mirra” or “myrrh”
of the Lycians, both of them ancient peoples who
once settled in this Mediterranean coastal area.
The name myrrh passed to Greek, then to Latin and