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Santa Claus Tomb Found In Turkey?

Archaeologists in Turkey may have been found the final resting place of Saint Nicholas popularly known as Santa Claus in an ancient church in Turkey.

The church, St. Nicholas Church is located in Demre, Turkey which is known as the Saint’s place of birth.

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According to Cemil Karabayram, Antalya’s Monument Authority head, the 1,674-year-old tomb has not been damaged.

“We believe 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 told Hurriyet Daily News.

To arrive at this discovery, Karabayram says that eight different fields of study were involved.

This new discovery is the latest to compete with other narratives that have become popular in Italy and Ireland.


After his death in 343 A.D, there are accounts that state that his remains were at the Demre until the 11th century. However, the account that he was laid to rest at Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, Italy, is widely accepted.

Turkish experts are disputing the account with claims that it was another priest whose remains were taken to Italy.

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