It is said that St. Nicholas made a trip to Rome to visit Pope Silvestro. There he saw a beautiful pink column and pushed it into the Tiber. Miraculously he found himself in the port of Mira and placed it there in the cathedral. Miraculously, the column was seen floating in the waters of Bari when the saint’s relics arrived in the city. However, nobody could bring her to shore. Finally, the night before the relocation of his relics in the crypt it was noticed that a column was missing. It was San Nicola who completed the work of the abbot Elia: the people of Bari heard the bells and, when they came, they saw the saint who with two angels placed the pink column in his church.