NICHOLAS OF MYRA (Illustration) Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Archeological Wonders Biographies Fiction Film History Social Studies World History Famous People

Among other things, Saint Nicholas of Myra became a patron saint of sailors.  This image depicts a key ring with his supposed image.


Saint Nicholas was born in the seaport town of Patara, on the Turkish coast, in about 271 A.D. Although his parents were very wealthy, they died (most likely of plague) when Nicholas was still a boy.

At the time, Turkey was called Asia Minor. Today the ruins of Patara are mostly under the beautiful sandy beaches of the area. Not much has been excavated, although some ruins are visible.

Little is known about the early years of his life. During the centuries, legend has replaced fact.

According to Butler’s Lives of the Saints, Nicholas wanted to share the wealth his parents had left him. And it is that sharing of wealth, and how he did it, that led to his increasing fame and his association with protecting children.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Nov 01, 2006

Updated Last Revision: Nov 10, 2015

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