RIP Santa Claus: Turkish Archaeologists Claim to Find Tomb  

Surveys have led archaeologists to an “intact temple” below the St Nicholas church in Antalya.

Published05 Oct 2017, 01:13 PM IST
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Christmas is not far away, and if you have started making a list for Santa Claus, pause. Turkish archaeologists have reportedly discovered the probable burial place of Saint Nicholas.

Speaking to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, the archaeologists revealed that their surveys led them to an "intact temple" below the St Nicholas church in Antalya.

According to Guardian, the archaeologist spearheading the survey hoped to even find an untouched body of the Saint.

We have obtained very good results, but the real work starts now. We will reach the ground and maybe even find the untouched body of St Nicholas.
Cemil Karabayram, Director

The report states that the Turkish town of Demre, near his birthplace, has drawn many visitors after restoration work. It is believed that Demre was built on the ruins of Myra, where legend says Santa Claus lived.

The world’s eyes will be set on here. We claim that St Nicholas has been kept in this temple without any damage. We are in the last stage. If we get the results, Antalya’s tourism will gain big momentum.
Cemil Karabayram, Director to BBC

(With inputs from Guardian, BBC)

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