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Relics of St. Nicholas—
Where are They?


Saint Nicholas' primary relics are located in a tomb in the crypt of the Basilica di San Nicola, Bari, Italy. They have rested there since 1087. Many places lay claim to St. Nicholas relics, as listed below.

Altar with opening over tomb
Saint Nicholas tomb, crypt, Basilica di San Nicola, Bari, Italy
Photo: Postcard detail

The second major repository for St. Nicholas relics is in the monastery church of San Nicoló in the Lido of Venice, Italy.

Altar over reliquary
Altar over reliquary, Chiesa di San Nicoló, the Lido of Venice, Italy
Photo: Centro Studi Nicolaiani, Bari, Italy, used by permission
Gold reliquary, figure of St Nicholas
Monastery of St. Marienstern, Panschwitz-Kuckau, Germany
Saint holding a tooth
Prague, ca 1300

Photo:New Liturgical Movement

Austria
Wilfersdorf: Pfarrkirche Hl. Nikolaus (Roman Catholic)

Belarus
Minsk: Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (Orthodox)
     Gift of Fribourg Saint Nicolas Cathedral, February 2006

Wooden chest
Gift to Minsk from Fribourg,

Photos:University of Fribourg
Open wooden chest, showing relic
2006

Belgium
Sint-Niklaas: Sint-Nicolaaskerk (Roman Catholic)

Bulgaria
Sofia: Russian Church of St. Nikolai (Russian Orthodox)
Bourgas: Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker (Roman Catholic)
     Placed December 6, 2010 (particle)

Silver bust on large base
Sint-Niklaaskerk, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Photo: postcard
Hand on large stand
Dom Ss. Stephanus & Sixtus, Halberstadt, Germany

Canada
Napierville, Quebec: Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Two Virgins (Roman Catholic) (finger)
Ottawa: Annunciation to the Theotokos/St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral (Orthodox)

Denmark
Slangerup: former Skt. Nikolaj Kirke, Slangerup Kloster (Roman Catholic)
     Before the Reformation

France
Corbie: Abbaye Royale de Saint-Pierre
     A finger, gone since 1333
Lille, Lorraine: Palais des Beaux Arts
     A Tooth 

Oval reliquary
13th century reliquary

Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille, France
Open wooden chest, showing relic
Reverse

Saint-Nicholas-de-Port, Lorraine: Basilique Saint-Nicolas (Roman Catholic)
     Large relic (finger) brought from Bari in 1090, shortly after the 1087 Translation; two more also
Toulouse: Eglise Saint-Nicolas (Roman Catholic)
     A finger bone

Silver bust
Basilique Saint Nicolas
Saint-Nicolas-de-Port
Photo: M Vankan
Hand on tall stand
Basilique Saint Nicolas
Saint-Nicolas-de-Port
Photo: M Vankan
Ornate gold box
Basilique Saint Nicolas
Saint-Nicolas-de-Port
Photo: J Rosenthal

Greece
Amarynthos (Ano Vatheia), Euboea: Katholikon of St. Nicholas
     The monastery has many holy relics
Saint Nicholas Monastery, Apikia, Andros
Church of Agios Nikolaos, Portaria, Thessaly

Germany
Brauweiler: Abteikirche Ss. Nikolaus & Medardus
     Reliquary is in the altar
Halberstadt: Dom St. Stephanus und St. Sixtus (Roman Catholic)
     In the cathedral treasury, a finger originally in St. Sophia in Constantinople
Nikolausberg: Klosterkirche St. Nikolaus
     Pilgrimage spot before the Reformation
Panschwitz-Kuckau: St. Marienstern Monastery (tooth)(Roman Catholic)
Worms: Cathedral of St. Peter, Nikolauskapelle
     Relics donated in AD 972, lost in Nine Years' War (1689), manna placed in 1986

Image on reliquary
Abteikirche St. Nikolaus, Brauweiler, Germany
Photos: M. Vankan
Small oval with relic
Abteikirche St. Nikolaus, Brauweiler, Germany
Identifying label
Abteikirche St. Nikolaus, Brauweiler, Germanyy

Italy
Bari: Basilica di San Nicola (Roman Catholic)
     St. Nicholas' tomb is in the crypt
Lido of Venice: Chiesa di San Nicoló (Roman Catholic)
     Second location of primary relices; smaller bones, missed in Bari sailor's haste
Rimini: Chiesa di San Nicolo' al Porto
     Humerus (upper am), since the early 12th century

Netherlands
Utrecht: St. Nicolaas Parochie (Roman Catholic)
Maastricht: St. Servasskerk (Roman Catholic)
Meijel: Parochie St. Nicolaas (Roman Catholic)

Relic in sunburst reliquary
Meijel, Netherlands: Parochie St. Nicolaas
Photo: Marcus Vankan
Half-figure holding relic box with three gold balls
Bari, Italy: Basilica di San Nicola
Photo: J Rosenthal
Gold hand on large stand
Napierville, Quebec, Canada

Photo:University of Napierville

Romania
Targu-Mures: Church of St. Nicholas (Greek Catholic Church)
     Given by the St. Nicolas Cathedral in Fribourg, December 5, 2008
Bucharest: Church of New Saint George (Sf Gheorghe Nou) (Orthodox) (right hand)
    Given to Prince Michael the Brave by the Archbishop of Bari in 1599

Silver reliquary
Gift to Prince Michael the Brave by the Archbishop of Bari

Photos:Mystagogy
Reliquary chest
Kept in the Church of New Saint George, Bucharest
Wooden chest

Russia
Buzhaninovo: St. Nicholas Church
     Granted December 19, 2000
Kazan: Cathedral of the Holy Cross (Orthodox)
     Gift of Marquise Immacolata Solaro del Borgo, June 2007
Kemerovo, Siberia: Cathedral of St. NIcholas (Orthodox)
     Given by Pope Benedict XVI, December 19, 2008
St. Petersburg: St Nicholas Naval Cathedral (Orthodox)
     Given by Empress Alesandra Fyodorovna, wife of Tsar Nicholas I, following a visit to Bari
St. Petersburg: Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr (Orthodox)
     Stolen from relic icon August 2012

Scotland
Aberdeen: Kirk of St Nicholas
     Before the Reformation

Switzerland
Fribourg: Cathedral of Saint Nicolas (Roman Catholic)
     Brought from Rome ca 1420 to the Cistercian Abbey of Hauterive, then to Fribourg, May 9, 1506

Icon with manna in boat
Nikolauskapelle, Worms Cathedral, Germany
Photo:
Worms
Manna bottle in boat
New reliquary, 1990
Worms Cathedral, Germany
Photo: M Vankan

Ukraine
Irpin: St. Nicholas Church (Ukrainian Orthodox)
Kiev: Church of St Nicholas, National University of State Tax Service of Ukraine (Ukrainian Orthodox)
Kiev: Church of St Nicholas (Roman Catholic)
     Manna brought from Bari, gift of the Dominican Fathers, 2002
Lviv: Cerkiew sw. Myukolaya (Ukrainian Orthodox)
     Given in the 1500s

United States
Annandle, Virginia: Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church
Flushing, New York: St. Nicholas Shrine Church (Greek Orthodox)
     Gift of the Holy See in 1972
Indianapolis, Indiana: St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church
      Gift from Bari, Italy, September 25, 2013
New York, New York: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
     Lost when church destroyed, September 11, 2001
Northridge, California: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
     Brought by priest from Bari, Italy, in 1998
Olyphant, Pennsylvania: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (Orthodox)
     Placed in the new altar in 1947
Troy, Michigan: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (Greek Orthodox)
     Gift of a Roman Catholic priest in 1992
West Babylon, New York: St. Nicholas Shrine Greek Orthodox Church (Greek Orthodox)

Anatomical Examination of the Bari Relics
The only thorough identification and cataloging of the relics
Is St. Nicholas in Venice, too?
Examination of relics in the Lido of Venice
St. Nicholas in the Antalya Museum
Examination of the museum's bones
The Real Face of St. Nicholas
Forensic reconstruction based on anatomical data
How Saint Nicholas may have looked
Several interpretations based on data and digital techniques

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