Ancient tomb of 'Santa Claus' found, archeologists claim

Ancient tomb of 'Santa Claus' found, archeologists claim

Ancient tomb of 'Santa Claus' found, archeologists claim

At St. Nicholas church in the Turkish province Antalya, scientists have reportedly discovered a temple and burial area below the current church.

Cemil Karabayram, the head of Antalya's Monument Authority revealed that they had discovered the tomb during an electric survey and are optimistic about finding the Saint Nicholas' remains.

Experts say they have likely identified Saint Nicholas' tomb beneath the ancient St. Nicholas Church in Demre.

The possible tomb of Saint Nicholas - dubbed Santa Claus - has been uncovered, according to archaeologists in Turkey. "They have to be cleaned one by one, and then extract".

The discovery was the result of painstaking excavations at the Church of Saint Nicholas.

All the evidence points towards there being a tomb there, and apparently, it's a good bet that Saint Nicholas' remains will be found there.

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Several mosaics in the church's stonework make accessing this section hard, but the researchers are hopeful that future excavations will prove their discovery is legitimate.

His bones were thought to have been smuggled from the church into Italy in 1087, now at the Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari. "The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th (December 19 on the Julian Calendar)".

St Nicholas was native of Myra (now known as Demre) and a bishop. However, it was found that they were actually of a priest. "The Turks, of course, are very interested in promoting tourism".

While Twitter had no shortage of jokes about dashed wish lists, the real Saint Nicholas was far from the jolly, Coca Cola-advertising mythological figure we have grown to know and love.

"The world's eyes will be set on here". - We believe that it is not damaged. We are now at the final stage.

The bishop was a generous person and gave most of the money to the poor and gave secret gifts to those in need - providing the basis for the myth of Santa Claus.

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