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  • Saint Nicholas Was Known To Give Gifts on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#9) Saint Nicholas Was Known To Give Gifts

    According to legend, Saint Nicholas did share some notable traits with the modern-day Santa Claus – like his habit of dropping gifts down the chimney. One story tells of a poor man with three daughters. He was unable to marry them off, as he couldn't afford their dowries. Enter Saint Nicholas, who, in the dead of the night, dropped a bag of gold down the chimney. The gold fell into a stocking hung by the fireplace to dry.

    This gold allowed the eldest daughter to get married. The saint repeated the process for the second daughter, but was caught by the father on his third attempt. He asked the man not to tell anyone about his late night gold dispensing. But the cat was out of the bag, and from then on, whenever anyone received an anonymous gift, they believed it was from Saint Nicholas.

  • Saint Nicholas Is Linked To A Legend From The Netherlands on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#10) Saint Nicholas Is Linked To A Legend From The Netherlands

    Another connection between Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus comes by way of the Netherlands. Saint Nicholas's selfless gift-giving made him the basis for the (controversialSinterklaas figure – the star of a parade that determines which children have been naughty or nice. The name "Sinterklaas" eventually morphed into the Americanized "Santa Claus."

  • Saint Nicholas Might Not Be Buried There At All on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#5) Saint Nicholas Might Not Be Buried There At All

    While many are jumping to the conclusion that these archaeologists have definitively found the remains of Saint Nicholas, others are more skeptical. Carol Meyers, founder of the St. Nicholas Center, told the Huffington Post that "the speculation is very premature... If relics are found, they would need to be dated and examined by international experts. The Turks, of course, are very interested in promoting tourism. I’d be very reluctant to jump to any conclusions."

  • Some Believe Saint Nicholas's Resting Place Is A Mediterranean Island on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#7) Some Believe Saint Nicholas's Resting Place Is A Mediterranean Island

    The true location of Saint Nicholas's body is a longstanding mystery. In 1993, a team of historians concluded that his remains must have ended up on the Mediterranean island of Gemile. The historians found the remains of a Christmas pilgrimage center, and, based on the fact that sailors used to call the island St. Nicholas, assumed that the saint had been buried there.

  • Some People Believe St. Nicholas's Remains Might Be In Ireland on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#11) Some People Believe St. Nicholas's Remains Might Be In Ireland

    There's more than one theory circulating when it comes to the whereabouts of Saint Nicholas's remains. Local legend has it that the saint's remains were moved to Kilkenny in Ireland around 8oo years ago, making a stop in Italy along the way. The grave slab itself appears to feature the image of a cleric believed to be Saint Nicholas himself. The fact that the Normans in the area were ardent collectors of religious relics only serves to strengthen the argument that this corpse is, in fact, the real Saint Nick.

  • Unearthing The Tomb Will Take Time on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#2) Unearthing The Tomb Will Take Time

    Unfortunately, exploring this exciting find is a slow process. The tomb is situated underneath a mosaic-covered floor, which means archaeologists will have to carefully remove the tiles before potentially uncovering the saint's remains.

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Turkish archaeologists reported that a well-preserved tomb was found under the Church of St. Nicholas in southwestern Turkey. They believed that the prototype of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was buried inside. Saint Nicholas was a bishop who lived in the ancient Greek city in the third and fourth centuries AD. He loved children and helped the poor people all his life. 

In Bulgaria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and other countries, people still solemnly celebrate St. Nicholas Day from mid-to-late November to early December. The random tool introduced 11 details about this important archaeological discovery in Turkey. The local tourism industry has therefore ushered in important developments.

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