Remains of St. Nicholas may have been discovered in Turkey

0
1


ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish archaeologists believe they may have discovered the remains of St. Nicholas — from whom the legend of Santa Claus emerged — beneath a church at his birthplace in southern Turkey, an official said Thursday. 

St. Nicholas was born and served as a bishop of what is now the Turkish Mediterranean town of Demre, near Antalya, in the 4th Century. He was buried in the area formerly known as Myra, but his bones were believed to have been stolen and taken to the southern Italian town of Bari.

ap-00120601679.jpg

Children light candles inside the church of St. Nicholas in the town of Demre, Turkey, on Dec. 6, 2000. 

AP Photo/Selcan Hacaoglu

Archaeologists, however, have recently discovered what they think is a temple below the church and now believe his remains may be lying there, Cemil Karabayram, the head of Antalya’s Reliefs and Monuments authority, told The Associated Press by telephone.

Archaeologists are looking for a way into the temple without harming the 11th Century Church of St. Nicholas, Karabayram said. 

Karabayram said the temple was discovered through geo-radar surveys of the church that were conducted as part of a restoration project.

“It is a temple that is in tact, has not been touched but may have been affected by an earthquake,” he said.

“This is an important find both culturally and for Turkey’s tourism,” Karabayram said.

St. Nicholas was known for his generosity. His legend spread around the world and became interwoven with mythical stories of the gift-giving Santa Claus.

Karabayram said that the bones that were smuggled to Bari may have been the remains of another priest.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



Source link

قالب وردپرس

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here