Santa Claus’s tomb found?.
An intrepid team of archaeologists has claimed to have found the tomb of the saint himself. It’s located beneath a church in Demre, in southern Turkey.
Demre, previously known as Myra, in Antalya province, is believed to be the birthplace of the 4th century bishop. Cemil Karabayram, the head of Antalya’s Monument Authority, said the shrine was discovered during electronic surveys that showed gaps beneath the church. These all indicates towards there being a tomb there and Saint Nicholas’ remains will be found there. The floor of the ancient church is covered in mosaics, which will have to be removed extremely carefully.Saint Nicholas died back in the year 343, but for centuries was interred at the church until disappearing in the 11th century in Demre. Archeologists said that it will take some time to uncover Saint Nicholas’s remains as they have to scale each tile one by one.Previously, the remains were believed to have then been smuggled to the Italian city of Bari by merchants in the year 1087. Christians visit the site of what was thought to be his final resting place in Bari’s Basilica di San Nicola However, Turkish experts are now claiming the wrong bones were removed.He was popularised in 16th century Europe as Father Christmas, who gave presents to young children.
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