Saint Giles

640 - 710

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Saint Giles (, Latin: Aegidius, French: Gilles), also known as Giles the Hermit, was a hermit or monk active in the lower Rhône most likely in the 6th century. Revered as a saint, his cult became widely diffused but his hagiography is mostly legendary. A town that bears his name grew up around the monastery he purportedly founded, which became a pilgrimage centre and a stop on the Way of Saint James. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saint Giles has received more than 256,272 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Saint Giles is the 533rd most popular religious figure (down from 522nd in 2019), the 142nd most popular biography from Greece (down from 140th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Greek Religious Figure.

Saint Giles is most famous for being the patron saint of those suffering from leprosy. He is also the patron saint of beggars and cripples.

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Among religious figures, Saint Giles ranks 533 out of 2,272Before him are Anas ibn Malik, Óscar Romero, Saint Boniface, Dionysius Exiguus, Alexius of Rome, and Pope Victor II. After him are Pope Eusebius, Benkei, Zaynab bint Khuzayma, Olaus Magnus, Zaynab bint Ali, and Saint Casimir.

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Among people born in 640, Saint Giles ranks 2Before him is Asparuh of Bulgaria. After him are Musa ibn Nusayr, Isaac of Nineveh, Saint Kilian, and Al-Akhtal al-Taghlibi. Among people deceased in 710, Saint Giles ranks 2Before him is Emperor Zhongzong of Tang. After him are Wittiza, Rupert of Salzburg, Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, and Al-Akhtal al-Taghlibi.

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Among people born in Greece, Saint Giles ranks 142 out of 855Before him are Pleistarchus (-500), Tyrtaeus (-700), Apollodorus of Athens (-180), Spyridon Louis (1873), Parmenion (-400), and Lysander (-401). After him are Longus (110), Oruç Reis (1473), Hippias (-600), Sophia Palaiologina (1455), Speusippus (-407), and Georgios Papadopoulos (1919).


Among religious figures born in Greece, Saint Giles ranks 9Before him are Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270), Philomena (291), Pope Hyginus (100), Dionysius the Areopagite (100), Pope Eleutherius (171), and Saint Titus (13). After him are Antipope Alexander V (1339), Athenagoras I of Constantinople (1886), Athenagoras of Athens (133), Theodore Stratelates (281), Cyril Lucaris (1572), and Saturnin (300).