"Myra once had a local cult centre dedicated to
Cybele, the ancient MotherGoddess of Anatolia, associated with Artemis. In his fervent
campaign against paganism, St.Nicolas destroyed the Artemis temple together with other
temples in the region, ripping up its foundations from the ground"
the official Myra Guide
Green Man by the cross...
After having destroyed Artemis, this hate figure and
misogynist "took over" Her functions: he became the "protector" of
virgins and children.....