1. Saint St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, unmarried people, and students in various cities and countries around Europe.
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14. St Nicholas was the only major saint associated with that part of Turkey.
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15. An Irish tradition states that the relics of Saint St Nicholas are reputed to have been stolen from Myra by local Norman crusading knights in the twelfth century and buried near Thomastown, County Kilkenny, where a stone slab marks the site locally believed to be his grave.
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16. Whereas the devotional importance of relics and the economics associated with pilgrimages caused the remains of most saints to be divided up and spread over numerous churches in several countries, Saint St Nicholas is unusual in that most of his bones have been preserved in one spot: his grave crypt in Bari.
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