Lighthouse of St. NIcholas Fortress, Rhodes Photo by Chuck Turk
On December 6, many countries around the world celebrate St. Nicholas Day. On this day, children receive gifts in honor of Nikolaos of Myra, the bishop of Myra, Saint Nicholas, whose legend of giving to the needy is well-known. Born in the Greek colony of Patara in Asia Minor, he lived from 270-343.
Because of the popularity of this saint in both the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic religion, thousands of churches are named for him. He is the patron saint of many groups, but most well-known for being the patron saint of children and mariners. He is also the patron saint of many countries and cities.
So where is the St. Nicholas lighthouse?
One is in Istria. Called the “lighthouse of St. Nicholas,” this lighthouse was built in 1882 on the Croatian side of the peninsula of Istria in the Adriatic Sea. As you might expect, a chapel is located in part of the lighthouse.