St. Nicholas lived on the southern Turkish Coast

St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas, originally the son of a wealthy grain merchant of Patara in the province of Lycia, lived on the southern coast of Turkey in the 4th Cent BC. Scholarly when young, he became a bishop at a young age and attended the Council of Nicaea with Emperor Constantine. Eventually, many years later, after his death , he was adopted as the patron Saint of Greece and Russia as well as the patron saint of sailors.

400 churches are dedicated to him in England, mostly by the sea , so as to look after the sailors. Additionally, he has an important chapel dedicated to him in Westminster Abbey on the left hand side of Jesus Christ. St Paul’s chapel being on the right -hand.

The legend of him giving dowries to three young girls is the origin of the story about him, as Father Christmas, giving presents to children. His saint’s day is 6th December. There are many other legends. They were taken to New Amsterdam (later New York ) by the Dutch in the 17th century.

His home city, also the city of his bishopric, the island where he may have died and where he has been commemorated for over 1600 years are all much easier to visit on our gulet M/S ‘Odysseus’, than by land.