And now recent studies have shown that under the Church there is a tomb, said Cemil Karapirum, Director of archaeological surveys and sites of Antalya province.
'We will reach the ground and maybe we will find the untouched body of Saint Nicholas'.
The first excavations began at the church in 1988.
His kindness toward children and secret gift-giving became legendary over the centuries and he was popularized as Father Christmas who gives presents to children. "I had to carefully remove one tile after another", - said the researcher.
St. Nicholas began as Sinterklaas and was homogenised into Santa Claus by Dutch settlers in the USA, which in turn helped to popularise the character and become the image we know today.
Saint Nicholas of Myra was known for his generosity towards children.
This is a major plot twist in the saga of Saint Nicholas's body, which was previously believed to have been smuggled by sailors to the Italian city of Bari from his home in Antalya, The Guardian reports.
The Saint Nicholas church in Demre is already a popular pilgrimage destination.
Then, in 1993, a team of archaeologists claimed the Mediterranean island of Gemile was the saint's final resting place. The tomb of jolly ole Saint Nic may have recently been discovered by a group of archaeologists in Turkey.
The kindness of St. Nicholas over the centuries overgrown with legends. "If relics are found, they would need to be dated and examined by global experts", said Carol Meyers, a representative from the centre. "The Turks, of course, are very interested in promoting tourism". Dutch people who came to the United States called him "Sinterklaas", which became Santa Claus.
"The world's eyes will be set on here". Claims that these 1,674-year-old remains may actually belong to the original Saint Nicholas would clash with other stories that place the saint's location in completely different countries, such as Italy or even Ireland.