St. Nicholas the Wonderworker was the bishop of Myra in the 4th century is the most universally venerated saints, although his life is virtually unknown. His see of Myra is in Lycia, south-western Turkey and called Mugla. When Myra and its shrine were taken by the Moslems, the relics were translated to Bari in 1087, where there were many Greek immigrants.
St. Nicholas was reputed to have given three bags of gold to three girls for their marriage dowries in order to save them from prostitution. He is also said to have raised three boys to life after they were murdered in a brine-tub by a butcher, and in his saving three unjustly condemned men from death and three sailors near the coast of Turkey.
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