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Scientists have reconstructed the face of the great Saint Nicholas from his relics. On the basis of archaeological, anatomical and anthropological research, Russian researchers have depicted the real image of St. Nicholas: his waist, his complexion and even his facial features.

They also defined the diseases from which St Nicholas suffered.
Anthropological study of the relics shows that the great Saint Hierarch did not eat meat, but only vegetable foods.

The height of the saint was 1.67 m.
Russian researchers used modern computer technology to recreate the face of St Nicholas (photo). To carry out this study, it was necessary to open the tomb of St Nicholas in Bari.

The expert evaluation was carried out by Professor Luigi Martino. The saint's face was reconstructed from the skull. The professor also drew several conclusions about the diseases from which St. Nicholas suffered: St. Nicholas' joints are damaged. The spinal column and chest bones show the torture St. Nicholas suffered in prison. Radiological examination of the skull showed a slight internal cranial change, with Professor Martino believing that this may have been caused by several years of cold and dampness spent in prison (the saint spent almost two years in prison), the Orthodox News Agency also reports.

Professor Luigi Martino concluded, based on his study of the holy relics of St. Nicholas, that the representations in the icons fully correspond to the outward appearance of the person buried in this tomb,

"According to the construction of the skull and skeleton, St. Nicholas belonged to the Caucasian Mediterranean type, with a medium stature and a dark complexion. He had a high forehead, an aquiline nose, prominent cheekbones and chin, a medium hard bone".

In the photo you also have the icon with the face of St. Nicholas in our church. What a beautiful face, what a face of gentleness and patience."



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Chapel of St Nicholas


I think it was built in the geographic center of the Russian Empire. (Czarist) 


the Soviets destroyed it in 1930 ( a miracle that Stalin did not destroy St Basil’s). In 1993, preparing for the city’s Centennial, Novosibirsk rebuilt it. It sits in the middle of an eight lane divided street, which was rerouted to make room for it. Novo is the fourth largest city in Russia, sometimes called the Chicago of Siberia because of its location.


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