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Nicholas of Myra, Saint
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The life of Nicholas is shrouded in legend. In the first half of the 4th century he was apparently bishop in Myra in Asia Minor. His relics were translated in 1087 to Bari in Apulia (feast day Dec 6, translation May 9). Nicholas is one of the best-loved saints in the East, and since the 10th/11th centuries also in the West. He is considered a miracle-worker, not a martyr. Many legends have been handed down about him, in the East especially the saving of three generals from executi…

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Thümmel, Hans Georg, “Nicholas of Myra, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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