Tomb of St. Nick?


Archaeologists may have identified the tomb of Saint Nicholas—Santa Claus—beneath an ancient church in southern Turkey. (Telegraph)

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Discussion Ideas

  • Wait a minute. Santa is DEAD?
    • No! Archaeologists think they may have discovered the tomb of St. Nicholas, the 4th-century bishop on whom the legend of Santa Claus is based.



  • Why do archaeologists think the newly discovered shrine may belong to St. Nicholas?
    • The shrine was discovered beneath an ancient church in Demre (Myra), where St. Nicholas supposedly died in early December 343.




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