The Grave of Santa Claus Found in Turkey!

The Grave of Santa Claus Found in Turkey!

The Grave of Santa Claus Found in Turkey!

Did you know Santa Claus was a real person?

It’s true and according to archaeologists in Turkey, they have found his grave, buried beneath St. Nicholas Church in Demre, Antalya, Turkey.

The Grave of Santa Claus Found in Turkey! Picture of st. Nich
Painting of St. Nicholas.

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Who was St. Nicholas? Otherwise known as Santa Claus?

Santa Claus lived life as St. Nicholas of Myra. A 4th-century Greek Bishop, St. Nicholas of Myra was revered for his generosity, especially toward children.

He was known for popularizing the tradition of leaving secret gifts for loved ones around the holidays. This gave rise to the Dutch legend of Sinterklaas, and later, Santa Claus.

It’s little wonder why St. Nicholas is one of the most famous Christian figures of all time. But while much has been said about his life and legends, little is known for sure about his death.

However, the head of Antalya’s Monument Authority, Cemil Karabayram, is ready to shine a little light on the death and burial of St. Nicholas.

the Burial place of St. Nicholas has been debated

The location of St. Nicholas of Myra’s grave— the inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus — has been contested for centuries.

Historical records have claim he was buried at the church that bears his name, but extensive searches of the grounds revealed nothing of substance.

Because of this, many believed his remains were smuggled out of the church by Italian merchants during medieval times.

There was an empty grave in the building which had clearly been looted. Many thought the body inside the now empty grave was Saint Nicholas and he’d been removed and taken to rest in Italy during the Crusades.

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They Find The Shrine of Santa Claus!

The Grave of Santa Claus Found in Turkey!

Cemil Karabayram, told the local news, during a routine survey, he and his team found a shrine beneath the floors of St. Nicholas Church, previously unseen due to the tiled floor’s intricate mosaic.

They uncovered what they believed to be a tomb. Was the grave of Santa Claus found at last? They believe so.

But what about the man laid to rest in Italy?

Some experts now say that those remains may belong to another person — and the grave once thought to hold St. Nicholas may have held someone else.

Though the discovery has yet to be proven via excavation, Karabayram haz begun excavation and he is determined to follow through.

“This shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor,” he said. “Each tile will need to be removed one by one so the floor can be returned to its present glory.”

Still, Karabayam remains optimistic that he will find St. Nicholas. He plans to hire a new team of scientists with eight different specialties, to work at the site. Karabayam says the team will hopefully unearth the shrine’s secrets soon.

Many locals would likely be thrilled by the discovery, as St. Nicholas remains a strong fixture in the area. Another church in the town even plays host to a Santa Claus museum, and a sarcophagus pays tribute to the famed saint.

But one thing’s for sure: If the recent discovery of his real grave is confirmed, then the history books will certainly need to be updated.

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