St. Nicholas lived during the third and fourth centuries.
Saint Nicholas of Myra, also known as Nicholas of Bari, was an early Christian bishop of the ancient city of Myra in Asia Minor.
He was arrested during the persecution of Diocletian but released when Constantine became emperor.
He attended the first ecumenical council, the Council of Nicea, in 325.
His bones were taken to Bari in Italy due to the political and religious problems in Asia Minor during the eleventh century.
He is the patron of sailors and pawnbrokers among other professions.