An archaeologist has called on the Vatican to return the bones of St Nicholas, the original Santa Claus, to his home town in Turkey.
Professor Nvzat Cevik said the bones of the third century saint were taken out of the country in 1087 'by force' and buried in Italy.
Cevik has called on the Vatican to voluntarily give up the religious artifact and return them to his grave in the town of Demre in the southern province of Antalya.
Santa Claus is based on stories about St Nicholas who built a reputation for performing miracles and secretly giving gold to the needy. On one occasion, according to stories, he climbed down a chimney to leave his donation.
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