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  • 1. SANTA CLAUS
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    SAINT NICHOLAS OF MYRA IS THE PRIMARY INSPIRATION FOR THE CHRISTIAN FIGURE OF SANTA CLAUS.
  • 3. HE WAS HE WAS A 4TH CENTURY GREEK CHRISTIAN BISHOP OF MYRA(NOW DEMRE)IN LYCIA,A PROVINCE OF THE BYZANTINE ANATOLIA,NOW IN TURKEY.
  • 4. NICHOLAS WAS FAMOUS FOR HIS GENEROUS GIFTS TO THE POOR,IN PARTICULAR PRESENTING THE THREE IMPOVERISHED DAUGHTERS OF A PIOUS CHRISTIAN WITH DOWRIES SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO BECOME PROSTITUTES.
  • 5. HE WAS VERY RELIGIOUS FROM ON EARLY AGE AND DEVOTED HIS LIFE ENTIRELY TO CHRISTIANITY.
  • 6. IN EUROPE(MORE PRECISELY THE NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM,AUSTRIA AND GERMANY )HE IS STILLPORTRAYED AS A BEARDED BISHOP IN CANONICAL ROBES.
  • 7. IN 1087 THE ITALIAN CITY OF BARI , WANTING TO ENTER THE PROFITABLE PILGRIMAGE INDUSTRY OF THE TIMES,
  • 8. MOUNTED AN EXPEDITION TO LOCATE THE TOMB OF THE CHRISTIAN SAINT AND PROCURE HIS REMAINS
  • 9. THE RELIQUARY OF ST.NICHOLAS WAS DESECRATED BY ITALIAN SAILORS AND THE SPOILS ,INCLUDING HIS RELICS, TAKEN TO BARI WHERE THEY ARE KEPT TO THIS DAY.
  • 10. A BASILICA WAS CONSTRUCTED THE SAME YEAR TO STORE THE LOOT AND THE AREA BECAME A PILGRIMAGE SITE FOR THE DEVOUT,
  • 11. THUS JUSTIFYING THE ECONOMIC COST OF THE EXPEDITION.
  • 12. IRISH HISTORIANS SAY THAT HIS REMAINS WERE MOVED ON AGAIN FROM ITALY TO JERPOINT ABBEY IN COUNTY KILKENNY ,WHERE HIS GRAVE CAN STILL BE SEEN.
  • 13. SAINT NICHOLAS BECAME CLAIMED AS A PATRON SAINT OF MANY DIVERSE GROUPS,FROM ARCHERS AND CHILDREN TO PAWNBROKERS.
  • 14. HE IS ALSO THE PATRON SAINT OF BOTH AMSTERDAM AND MOSCOW.
  • 15. CHURCH OF ST.NICHOLAS MYRA (KALE/DEMRE) IN ANTALYA/TURKEY
  • 16. THE CHURCH OF ST.NICHOLAS IN MYRA
  • 17. CHURCH INTERIOR
  • 18. CEILING FRESCO
  • 19. CHURCH ENTRANCE
  • 20. OPUS SECTILE FLOOR
  • 21. FRESCO IN A NICHE
  • 22. INTERİOR, LOOKİNG TOWARDS THE ALTAR
  • 23. STATUE OF ST. NICHOLAS OUTSIDE OF CHURCH.
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    • SAINT NICHOLAS’S CITIES
    • PATARA AND MYRA
    • (IN ANTALYA/TURKEY)
  • 25. A PICTURE OF SOME OF THE RUINS AT PATARA.NOTE A CITY GATE AT THE LOWER LEFT CORNER AND THE THEATRE SET IN THE HILLSIDE.
  • 26. A VIEW BACK ACROSS THE CITY RUINS FROM THE TOP OF THE AMPHITHEATRE.
  • 27. A VIEW OF THE PARTIALLY RESTORED MAIN STREET OF PATARA.
  • 28. PATARA GATEWAY
  • 29. RUINS OF ROMAN DATE BATHS
  • 30. PATARA’S BEACH
  • 31. MYRA’S ANTIQUE THEATRE
  • 32. MYRA’S ROCKTOMBS
  • 33. ST. NICHOLAS’ S REAL GRAVE
  • 34. SOME OF THE MANY CARVED MASKS AT MYRA’S THEATRE
  • 35. CHRISTMAS IN TURKEY
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