After his death, there was an quake and a fire that damaged the church. However, it was found that they were actually of a priest. During the reconstruction, traders in Bari took the bones. Rather, the archaeologists may has discovered the remains of the former bishop of Myra who defended the Catholic church during the "Great Persecution", according to National Geographic.
Unearthing the contents of the tomb may take a while, as it lies below a mosaic which will need to be carefully removed.
Archaeologists, however, have recently discovered what they think is a temple below the church and now believe his remains may be lying there, Cemil Karabayram, the head of Antalya's Reliefs and Monuments authority, told The Associated Press by telephone.
To gain access to the subterranean chamber, the research team will first have to delicately remove a portion of the church's ancient mosaic floor.
At the time of his death in 343 A.D., Saint Nicholas was interred at the church in Demre, where he lay undisturbed until the 11th century.
According to that publication, it was believed that St. Nicholas' body was stolen from Demre after the church burned down and was being rebuilt and that it was brought to the Italian city Bari, where the St. Nicholas Basilica was built in the late 12th century.More news: Woman orders yoga mat, gets oxycodone instead
He noted that they are now searching for researchers from eight different fields of study to carry out the rest of the work at the site.
Prior to taking on the image of a plump, jolly delivery man, Santa Claus was a fourth-century saint who gave aid to the poor.
"We have obtained very good results but the real work starts now". He is said to have once climbed down a chimney to leave a donation. The good news? Santa Claus is real.
St Nicolas of Myra was known for gift giving to children, secretly secreating coins in shoes.
According to the St. Nicholas Center, much of Europe celebrates St. Nicholas' Feast Day on December 6 each year, where they exchange gifts as per his tradition.
Young Dutch arrivals to the United States called Saint Nicholas "Sinterklaas", which later became Santa Claus.