Archaeologists may have found the remains of the original Santa Claus beneath the St. Nicholas Church in southern Turkey, according to researchers Thursday.
The archaeologists uncovered remains in Demre, near where Saint Nicholas was born around 280 AD, reported the Associated Press. The saint lived until 343 AD.
“This is an important find both culturally and for Turkey’s tourism,” Cemil Karabayran, the head of Antalya’s Reliefs and Monuments authority, told the AP.
Nicholas’ bones were originally thought to be taken to Bari, Italy, however, the new evidence proves otherwise. Karabayram now believes that the bones discovered in Bari may have belonged to another priest.
Archaeologists believe to have found a hidden temple through geo-radar surveys during a restoration project of the 11th-century church. This temple might hold St. Nicholas’ remains.
The temple will undergo evacuation work to determine if St. Nicholas’ body is buried there, added The Guardian.
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