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John of Rila

876 - 946

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Saint John of Rila, a.k.a. Ivan of Rila (Bulgarian: Свети преподобни Йоан Рилски Чудотворец, Svеti prеpodobni Yoan Rilski Chudotvorеts; English: Saint (monk) John of Rila the Wondermaker) (876 – c. 946) was the first Bulgarian hermit. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John of Rila has received more than 90,412 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. John of Rila is the 944th most popular religious figure (down from 853rd in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Bulgaria (down from 37th in 2019) and the most popular Bulgarian Religious Figure.

John of Rila is most famous for founding Bulgaria's first monastery on the site of a pagan temple.

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Among religious figures, John of Rila ranks 944 out of 2,238Before him are Angelo Scola, Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Lars Levi Laestadius, Arnaud Amalric, Scipione Borghese, and Khaemweset. After him are John of Matha, Clemens August Graf von Galen, Felicitas of Rome, 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As, Abu Hudhayfa ibn Utba, and Melito of Sardis.

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Among people born in 876, John of Rila ranks 2Before him is Henry the Fowler. After him is Toda of Pamplona. Among people deceased in 946, John of Rila ranks 4Before him are Pope Marinus II, Edmund I, and Eadgyth. After him are Al-Qa'im, Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid, and Abu Bakr bin Yahya al-Suli.

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In Bulgaria

Among people born in Bulgaria, John of Rila ranks 46 out of 372Before him are Chernorizets Hrabar (890), Kristalina Georgieva (1953), Georgi Markov (1929), Nicolai Ghiaurov (1929), Ivan Vazov (1850), and Irina Bokova (1952). After him are Michael Shishman of Bulgaria (1280), Hristo Botev (1848), Peter Deunov (1864), Ivan Sratsimir of Bulgaria (1324), Zhelyu Zhelev (1935), and Jules Pascin (1885).


Among religious figures born in Bulgaria, John of Rila ranks 1After him are Jeremias II of Constantinople (1536), Maxim of Bulgaria (1914), Neophyte of Bulgaria (1945), John XIV of Constantinople (1282), Euthymius of Tarnovo (1317), Cyril of Bulgaria (1901), and Sophronius of Vratsa (1739).