Martin of Tours

316 - 397

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Martin of Tours (Latin: Sanctus Martinus Turonensis; 316/336 – 8 November 397), also known as Martin the Merciful, was the third bishop of Tours. He has become one of the most familiar and recognizable Christian saints in France, heralded as the patron saint of the Third Republic, and is patron saint of many communities and organizations across Europe. A native of Pannonia (in central Europe), he converted to Christianity at a young age. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin of Tours has received more than 1,141,773 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Martin of Tours is the 29th most popular religious figure (up from 75th in 2019), the most popular biography from Hungary (up from 5th in 2019) and the most popular Religious Figure.

The most famous thing that Martin of Tours is known for is his conversion to Christianity. He was a Roman soldier who was stationed in Gaul. One day, he met a beggar, who was a Christian. The beggar asked him to give him some of his food. Martin shared his lunch with the beggar and was converted to Christianity.

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Among religious figures, Martin of Tours ranks 29 out of 2,238Before him are John Calvin, Ali, Abu Bakr, Matthew the Apostle, Saint Barbara, and Samson. After him are Jonah, Saint Stephen, John the Apostle, Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Lucy, and Husayn ibn Ali.

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Among people born in 316, Martin of Tours ranks 1After him is Constantine II. Among people deceased in 397, Martin of Tours ranks 1After him are Ambrose and Geminianus.

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Among people born in Hungary, Martin of Tours ranks 1 out of 866After him are Ferenc Puskás (1927), Elizabeth Báthory (1560), John von Neumann (1903), Rudolf Steiner (1861), Theodor Herzl (1860), Matthias Corvinus (1443), George Soros (1930), Harry Houdini (1874), Louis II of Hungary (1506), Stephen I of Hungary (975), and Miklós Horthy (1868).


Among religious figures born in Hungary, Martin of Tours ranks 1After him are Kinga of Poland (1224), József Mindszenty (1892), Saint Emeric of Hungary (1000), Yolanda of Poland (1235), Nicolaus Olahus (1493), Sára Salkaházi (1899), Vilmos Zsigmond (1930), Péter Erdő (1952), László Paskai (1927), László Lékai (1910), and Zoltan Sarosy (1906).