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INDEX - Abroad - Santa's grave has been found

19.10.2022 09:54

The tomb of Saint Nicholas, who died nearly 1,700 years ago, was found under a church in Turkey.

The tomb of Saint Nicholas was found under the Byzantine Church in Turkey. The church is built on the foundations of a former basilica, which was submerged in water in the Middle Ages due to the rising level of the Mediterranean Sea.

Several centuries later, another church was built on the foundations of the old church in order to protect the tomb of St. Nicholas, but recently archaeologists discovered the mosaic floor of the former sanctuary under the current building, and then the tomb of the saint. noon too, writes daily Mail.

In 2017, archaeologists found a gap under the floor of the current church, and in recent years the mosaic floor has been carefully removed to reveal the ancient foundation. The Byzantine church was built later in the 5th and 12th. century, it was a place of worship for Orthodox Christians, and the building is surrounded by statues of Saint Nicholas.

This discovery supports claims that Saint Nicholas lived and died in Turkey.

Saint Nicholas lived between 270 and 343 and was famous for his heirs to the money he gave to the poor: this is also the basis of the story of Santa Claus’s holiday. According to legend, he gave three girls sacks of gold to save them from prostitution.

(Cover image: Saint Nicholas on a Byzantine icon. Photo: Dea/A. Dagli Orti/Getty Images Hungary)

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