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Tomb of ‘Santa Claus’ unearthed in Antalya: Expert

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Tomb of ‘Santa Claus’ unearthed in Antalya: Expert

Source - Daily News. (Turkey)

Date - 12-10-2022


An excavation team has unearthed the exact place of the tomb of Saint Nicholas, also known as “Santa Claus,” and the floor on which he walked, inside the St. Nicholas Church in the southern province of Antalya’s Demre district.



“This is a very important discovery that will add to the value of the church,” said Osman Eravşar, the head of the provincial cultural heritage preservation board in Antalya, told Demirören News Agency.

Living between 270 and 343, Saint Nicholas, was an early Christian bishop during the time of the Roman Empire. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as “Nicholas the Wonderworker.”

The Church of St. Nicholas, located in Demre, was built in 520 on the foundations of an older Christian church where Saint Nicholas served as a bishop and was buried.

“The first church was submerged with the rise of the Mediterranean Sea, and some centuries later, a new church was built above,” Eravşar said.

“Now we have reached the remains of the first church and the floor on which Saint Nicholas stepped,” he noted.

Adding that the existence of the first church has been known since some photos taken in 1910, Eravşar went to say: “The tiling of the floor of the first church, on which Saint Nicholas walked, have been unearthed.”

The floor will be exhibited after being covered.

One other thing conducted in the restoration works was “opening the roof of the church.”

“In the 1980s, a concrete roof was constructed over the historical church to prevent rainfalls pouring on the church,” the expert said and added: “We took the concrete roof out and an easily-removable roof system will be installed.”

Very little is known about Saint Nicholas, but his legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of “Santa Claus,” and named after him. The Church of St. Nicholas is on UNESCO’s tentative list to become a World Heritage Site.

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Interesting article, I shall watch this for any further information :)

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yes, I did some research on this subject. it was pretty kewl. Especially what happened in 1044 with his tomb

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21 minutes ago, Warrenton Santa said:

yes, I did some research on this subject. it was pretty kewl. Especially what happened in 1044 with his tomb

If I remember my history correctly, they (Crusaders) came and secretly removed his tomb. He was reburied in Italy. Crusaders did this with a lot of Christian artifacts when Islam conquered the eastern Mediterranean area.

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7 hours ago, Drosselmeyer said:

I posted this one back in 2019


It must be news again as the date on the one I posted is Oct 2022, I guess the old news is new news. Especially if if its the first time you see it, then it is news, well it was news to me lol :) 

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Reading my Nice news email this morning  this same story was presented and at the bottom was this link that I found a good read ...

The History of St. Nick

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4 hours ago, Santa Timothy SC said:

Reading my Nice news email this morning  this same story was presented and at the bottom was this link that I found a good read ...

The History of St. Nick

Yes, its a good article Tim, thanks for the share :) 

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