Have you ever wondered what St. Nicholas really looked like? The St. Nicholas Center has an article about a forensic reconstruction of the saint’s likeness based upon evidence from his relics. In the image presented here, the forensic reconstruction is the image in the upper middle; this is surrounded by five traditional icons of St. Nicholas. In comparing the forensic reconstruction to the iconography, it is immediately apparent that we have known what St. Nicholas looked like all along. Of course, Coca Cola’s Santa, though much beloved, is off the mark. To read more of the original story as well as to access links to related articles, go here.
The St. Nicholas Center also provides a variety of information on the customs and traditions of many cultures related to the saint, and a special section of kid’s activities.
Composite image used by permission of the St. Nicholas Center .