Archeologists have discovered the tomb of Saint Nicholas of Myra, the man behind the legend of St. Nicolas. Nicolas was known for anonymous gift giving according to the Washington Post.
Saint Nicholas of Myra (now Demre) was known for his anonymous gift-giving and generosity. People believed he’d put coins in the shoes of anyone who left them out for him on his feast day, Dec. 6. According to the Telegraph, St. Nicholas died in A.D. 343 and was interred at St. Nicholas church in Demre, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Archaeologists conducting recent surveys at the church in Demre found gaps beneath it.
The shrine, they say, is underneath the church and untouched. “We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor,” Cemil Karabayram, the head of Antalya’s Monument Authority, told the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.