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  • 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."

  • Saint Nicholas Was The Real-Life Santa Claus on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#8) Saint Nicholas Was The Real-Life Santa Claus

    Saint Nicholas was born to wealthy parents in the formally Greek, now Turkish, village of Patara. His parents raised him to be a devout and dedicated Christian, but they died while he was still young, leaving him with a substantial inheritance. 

    You might expect a young man to spend that money like crazy, but not Nicholas. He decided to live by Jesus's words: "Sell what you own and give the money to the poor." He became renowned for his generosity as he spent his entire inheritance on the needy.

    All his good deeds lead to Nicholas being canonized as the patron saint of children, the hungry, seamen, among other things. His tendency to give gifts of money also made him something of a magical figure, and over time, he morphed into the figure now known as Santa Claus.

  • The Remains Would Have To Be DNA Tested on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#3) The Remains Would Have To Be DNA Tested

    Once the tomb is excavated, archaeologists may find a body. If they do, they would have to test the remains to determine whether or not they actually belonged to Saint Nicholas.

    Believe it or not, DNA testing of this source would be possible. In July 2017, a team of researchers were able to identify the skeletal remains of Canaanites via genome sequencing. This same method could very well be applied to the ancient remains of Saint Nicholas.

  • The Catholic Church Wants The Body on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#4) The Catholic Church Wants The Body

    Because Saint Nicholas is, well, a saint, the Catholic Church has a vested interest in claiming any remains that exist. These bones, wherever they may be, are considered relics, and the Church would want to add them to their collection. It's a bizarre assortment that includes the finger of Saint Thomas, the tongue of Saint Anthony, and the bodies of Saint Mark and Saint Cecilia.

  • Saint Nicholas's Bones Were Believed To Have Been Stolen on Random Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered Tomb Of Saint Nicholas

    (#6) Saint Nicholas's Bones Were Believed To Have Been Stolen

    It's something of a surprise that Saint Nicholas's remains may have turned up in a church in Turkey. Many believe that, shortly after the saint's death, Italian merchants stole his body and took it to Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, Italy. Apparently, some fragments of his ribs are kept in this Italian location, and, as recently as May 2017, they've been loaned out to a Russian museum.

  • 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.

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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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