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ANCIENT TOMB OF SANTA CLAUS DISCOVERED BENEATH TURKISH CHURCH

BY CALLUM PATON ON 10/3/17 AT 10:54 AM

 

Archaeologists in Turkey may be on the cusp of solving a mystery thousands of years in the making after they stumbled on a tomb beneath the ruins of an ancient church they believe contains the remains of Saint Nicholas—known popularly as Santa Claus.

A portion of the site believed to contain the undamaged grave was discovered in St. Nicholas Church, located in Turkey’s southern Antalya province. The Demre district in which the church is found is known to be the revered Christian saint’s birthplace.

http://www.newsweek.com/santa-claus-tomb-discovered-beneath-ancient-church-turkey-676598

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Carlo Klemm

Has the original Santa Claus been found in Turkey?

October 4, 2017

by BBC News

 

Excerpt -  Children look away now! For Turkish archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of the original Santa Claus, otherwise known as Saint Nicholas.

An intact tomb has been found underneath Saint Nicholas Church, in the Demre district of Turkey's south-west province of Antalya.

Demre was built on the ruins of Myra, where St Nicholas was thought to have lived in the 4th Century.

Until now, the bones of St Nicholas were believed to be in Bari, Italy.

It had been thought they were taken by Italian merchants in 1087 when Myra - at the time a Greek town - was invaded by the Seljuk Turks.

By then St Nicholas was already revered among Christians for his generosity, in particular to children, and his humility.

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"The temple on the ground of the church is in good condition," he told Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper. "We believe that it has received no damage so far. But it is hard to enter it because there are stones with motifs on the ground. These stones should be scaled one by one and then removed."

He also said that during a study of old documents they had found notes saying the bones taken to Bari had belonged to another priest.

A CT scan, a geo-radar and eight academics had been brought in for the final stages of the excavation work.

"The world's eyes will be set on here. We claim that St Nicholas has been kept in this temple without any damage. We are at the last stage. If we get the results, Antalya's tourism will gain big momentum," he told the newspaper.

 

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Eileen Strom

Will have to see what comes from this.  :sc_hmm:

I am sure that Fr. Joseph Marquis will be interested in this.

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Santa Gordon

While the remains of St. Nicholas may have been found it is not the remains of Santa Claus. SOme hate the inclusion of an "E" at the end of Claus, Others dislike the way people portray Santa. Personally I dislike the idea of smearing the lines between the two different images. One a living documented person and the other a fictional character. To each their own, simply going to keep it straight as to what we portray
Wears a. Red suit, White beard, Belly like jelly,Jolly, has elves at the North pole, Married, drives a sleigh pulled by reindeer that fly, comes into your home while you are sleeping and leaves gifts?  Santa

Wears Bishop's robes, wears a Mitre, carries a cross, usually stern of expression, brings punishment to those lacking in doing their chores or studying the catechism, has companions that eat children, throws gold through the window and died 343 AD? St Nicholas.

Note: though Santa's formation was influenced by St. Nicholas there were many other influences as well including St. Basil.

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Felix Estridge

This is all part of a larger dispute that has been going on for years.  Turkey is still trying to say that his remains are there.  A tomb was found, sure.  That is about all they can say at this point.  It could be anyone.

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Michael Rielly

I highly doubt these are the remains of Nicholas of Myra.

Turkey has been claiming to have the remains of Nicholas for years. It's more likely this is about tourism than anything else.

Carol Myers at The St. Nicholas Center is a wealth of information on the subject.

Also of note, there were TWO Saints names Nicholas. The stories of each Saint have blurred over the years.

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