The city of Santa Claus, Antalya
Millions of parents worldwide participate in the biggest Santa Claus hoax every year around the holiday season. When parents offer a youngster a ton of toys from Santa for good behavior early in life, it all begins.
They narrate tales about the elves who craft gifts of all sizes and shapes in the North Pole, where a fat man resides. Some parents even send their kids to Lapland, where the gullible youngsters spend their early years believing in flying reindeer.
In later years, parents erroneously tell their kids that Santa Claus is merely a fun aspect of Christmas and is not real. Although Santa may not be alive and kicking today, he was a real person.
His biography actually begins in Turkey, not the North Pole, and he did throw gifts down chimneys.
Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, was born in Myra, which is now part of the Antalya neighborhood of Demre.
Santa Claus was a genuine person who lived in Antalya and delivered Christmas presents to children, according to Professor Nevzat evik, the director of archaeological investigations in the ancient city of Myra. “He is from the Demre neighborhood of Antalya. St. Nicholas is his full name. In Antalya, he was raised, born, and then passed away. Antalya is where his remains are as well.
His narrative begins at Patara. He was born into a local family. When he was young, he traveled to Myra in the Demre district and started a church and halki seminary there. Then, during the Byzantine era, Myra became a Christian settlement, he continued, pointing out that the “original St. Nicholas” is depicted in the frescoes on the wall of the Santa Claus Museum.
St. Nicholas, who was born in Patara in the 270s and died in Myra in 342 A.D., was buried there, according to evik, and his grave is located inside a church there. He continued, “The present church there is the biggest church built in the location of this early-era church.
Orthodox Christians now travel to Myra, according to evik, “where they visit the St. Nicholas Church and his cemetery. Demre consistently sets records for the volume of travelers coming to Antalya.
According to evik, some of his bones were removed from his grave by Italian traders in 1087 and transferred to Bari, Italy. They also built a St. Nicholas Church there, and Bali afterwards became a center of religion.
Evik emphasized that the reason St. Nicholas is revered as a saint is because he is thought to be a kid guardian and a person who bestows gifts onto children.
He added, “We didn’t get the chance for a DNA analysis but we feel that the bones belong to him and they are under protection at the Antalya Museum,” when it was suggested that the bones taken from the church in Myra and displayed today in Italy and Antalya are those of St. Nicholas.
Additionally, he said that they submitted formal requests to Italy for the return of the bones that had been carried to Bari in 1087.
Six interesting facts about Santa Claus
- Between 260 and 280 AD, Santa Claus was born in the Turkish town of Patara on the south-west coast. If you want to pick at little details, Patara was technically under Lycian authority at the time because the Republic of Turkey did not exist until 1923.
- Santa Claus’ real name was Nicholas, and when he was an adult, he was elected bishop of Myra, which was located further up the coast from Patara. Its current name is Demre.
- Nicholas’s parents left him a huge inheritance upon their passing, making him a rich man. The nimble bishop used to climb up on people’s roofs and throw monies down their chimneys because he wanted to help the impoverished but wanted to do it in secret. He was caught in the act one day, and the town learned of his good nature.
4 – After his passing, a monument was built in the town, but it would take some time before he was given the most revered moniker possible: Saint Nicholas. As a result of his reputation for rewarding children for good behavior with nuts, fruit, and sweets, he also became the patron saint of seafarers. Even then, bribery was a real and active crime.
5 – December 6th came to be known as St. Nicholas Day, and a bishop later declared December 25th to be the day Jesus was born. That was the first time that Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, and Christmas day customs were connected. Over time, the two holidays merged together.
6 –In the late 1800’s drawings appeared of St Nicholas aka Santa Claus with a beard, pipe and a large belly. The transformation of a humble saint called Nicholas to a fat, jolly man who feasts on mince pies and gets stuck in chimneys, had began. (God knows how the North pole, loyal elves and flying reindeer came about)