Santa Claus has always been the effigy of the most beloved annual celebration in the world, Christmas. He is the jolly old man that sneaks in houses only to leave presents and candies behind. However, Turkish archaeologists may have just discovered the tomb of this being celebrated within the international culture.
Saint Nicholas Inspired the Legend of Santa Claus Due to His Generous Nature
Several surveys conducted below the church of St Nicholas in Turkey uncovered a temple and burial chamber in almost pristine conditions. The religious institution is located in the region of Antalya. This is where experts marked the birthplace of Saint Nicholas. He was a real character of the past who later on inspired the myth of Santa Claus.
The deeds this holy man did for his community described him as a generous person. The main passion of the saint was to secretly spread gifts around him and help the poor and those in need. As a result, there’s no wonder that the 4th-century personality serves as the initial model of the spirit of Christmas.
The director of the monuments in Antalya, Cemil Karabayram, claimed the results of their surveys were satisfactory. However, the discovery of the burial grounds is only the beginning of their research. Turkish archaeologists haven’t investigated the temple yet. However, they are almost certain that the old chambers hide the body of Saint Nicholas.
Turkish Archaeologists Believe that the Story of What Happened to the Remains of the Saint Is Wrong
The religious culture of Christianity claims that the Demre district in Antalya used to be the old city of Myra. This is the city where Saint Nicholas used to live. However, it is said that sailors smuggled the remains of this holy man to the town of Bari in Italy. This event happened 700 after his death when the Byzantine empire kneeled before Muslim invaders.
However, now archaeologists believe that this historic event holds a mistake. The sailors might have actually stolen the remains of a regular priest who was buried next to Saint Nicholas. Therefore, there are reasons to believe that the holy body might still rest beneath his church.
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