Is Santa Claus buried in a grave beneath a Turkish church?

06 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Researchers came across an untouched shrine while conducting digital surveys below the surface of the church, said Cemil Karabayram, Antalya director of surveying and monuments in Turkey.

St. Nicholas was born and served as a bishop of what is now the Turkish Mediterranean town of Demre, near Antalya, in the 4th century.

Saint Nicholas is said to have lived in the city of Myra, where Demre is now located, making it possible that his remains are actually interred beneath this church.

That would be of interest to all the Christians who think they have visited Nicholas' resting place in Bari, Italy.

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Nevertheless, Turkish experts are now claiming the wrong bones were removed, and those taken overseas belong to another local priest, rather than the legendary bishop.

Traditionally, it was believed that the bones of St. Nicholas were stolen by Italian sailors during the 11th century.

Historical records say that Nicholas was buried in the Church built in his honor, but the location of the body of the Saint has always been a mystery.

Now, as adults, we know the Saint Nicholas the archaeologists may have found is not the Santa Claus. "But it is said that these bones did not belong to St Nicholas but to another priest", Karabayram said.

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The legendary figure of Santa Claus and his legend has been one of the most fun and exciting part of Christmas for children. It's said that he'd put coins in the shoes of anyone who left them out for him on his feast day, December 6.

On one occasion, according to stories, he climbed down a chimney to leave his donation. However, Dutch immigrants in the USA dubbed their version "Sinterklaas", or Santa Claus in English.

By the 16th century, the legacy of St. Nicholas was modernized into a Father Christmas toting candy canes.

The Dutch referred to him as Sinterklaas, which became Santa Claus.

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He is depicted in modern images as a portly old man sporting a big white beard and spectacles.

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