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Nicholas of Myra: early Christian bishop, who was in the Middle Ages venerated as patron of sailors and protector of blessed marriages (Saint Nicholas).As Sinterklaas, he remains a characteristic figure in Dutch folklore.In Holland, which plays an important role in the transformation of the cult of this saint, he was lovingly called , which is equally apt, because it means 'good holy man'. The legend of the three boys saved from death became more so popular that Nicholas was recognized as patron of children.It was not uncommon to give children presents on his saint's day, 6 December.It has been argued that this story is derived from a misunderstood picture of the story of the three purses, which were mistaken for the heads of children.

For example in Rome, an old church of Nicholas stood at a stone's thrown from a shrine of the on the square that is now known as Largo Argentina.

A nice Byzantine story explains this exceptional honor.

It says that Nicholas was ascending to heaven with another saint, when they heard the prayers of sailors in a storm.

He is also the historical figure behind Santa Claus.

All that we know for certain about Saint Nicholas' earthly existence is that he was bishop of Myra and died on the sixth of December in an unknown year in the fourth century.

For example in Rome, an old church of Nicholas stood at a stone's thrown from a shrine of the on the square that is now known as Largo Argentina.A nice Byzantine story explains this exceptional honor.It says that Nicholas was ascending to heaven with another saint, when they heard the prayers of sailors in a storm.He is also the historical figure behind Santa Claus.All that we know for certain about Saint Nicholas' earthly existence is that he was bishop of Myra and died on the sixth of December in an unknown year in the fourth century.Because this legend is found in late sources, however, it is not generally accepted as a historical fact.