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Remains of St Nicholas ‘discovered in Turkey’, archaeologists claim

Russian icon depicting St Nicholas with scenes from his life (Wikimedia Commons)

Others maintain his bones were stolen and taken to the southern Italian town of Bari

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.

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.

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