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Saint Nicholas

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Saint Nicholas of Myra (traditionally 15 March 270 – 6 December 343), also known as Nicholas of Bari, was an early Christian bishop of Greek descent from the maritime city of Myra in Asia Minor (Greek: Μύρα; modern-day Demre, Turkey) during the time of the Roman Empire. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, unmarried people, and students in various cities and countries around Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saint Nicholas has received more than 7,401,078 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). Saint Nicholas is the 13th most popular religious figure (up from 27th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 14th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Turkish Religious Figure.

Saint Nicholas is most famous for his generous gifts to children. He is also the patron saint of sailors, merchants, and children.

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  • 92

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  • 13.26

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  • 3.45

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Saint Nicholas ranks 13 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Francis, Paul the Apostle, Solomon, Saint Peter, John the Baptist, and Zoroaster. After him are Jacob, Pope John Paul II, Francis of Assisi, Aaron, Isaac, and Saint George.

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Among people born in 270, Saint Nicholas ranks 1After him are Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Saint Spyridon, Maximinus II, and Flavia Maximiana Theodora. Among people deceased in 342, Saint Nicholas ranks 1After him are Paul of Thebes and Emperor Cheng of Jin.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Saint Nicholas ranks 5 out of 1,301Before him are Herodotus (-484), Paul the Apostle (5), Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), and Thales of Miletus (-623). After him are Osman I (1254), Selim II (1524), Saint George (280), Ahmed I (1590), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Heraclitus (-535), and Murad III (1546).


Among religious figures born in Turkey, Saint Nicholas ranks 2Before him are Paul the Apostle (5). After him are Saint George (280), Luke the Evangelist (31), John Chrysostom (349), Margaret the Virgin (292), Saint Blaise (300), Rachel (-3500), Ignatius of Antioch (35), Irenaeus (130), Bartholomew I of Constantinople (1940), and Saint Pantaleon (275).