Saint Nicholas

270 - 342

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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, prostitutes, 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 6,401,125 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Saint Nicholas is the 27th most popular religious figure (down from 26th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 10th in 2019) and the 3rd 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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Among religious figures, Saint Nicholas ranks 27 out of 2,272Before him are Ali, Saint Joseph, Abu Bakr, Pope Benedict XVI, Mary Magdalene, and Andrew the Apostle. After him are James, son of Zebedee, Jonah, Matthew the Apostle, Pope John Paul I, John the Apostle, and Pope Pius XII.

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Among people born in 270, Saint Nicholas ranks 1After him are Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Maximinus II, Saint Spyridon, 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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Among people born in Turkey, Saint Nicholas ranks 14 out of 1,128Before him are Selim II (1524), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Osman I (1254), Selim I (1470), Diogenes (-404), and Ahmed I (1590). After him are Murad IV (1612), Galen (129), Murad III (1546), Mimar Sinan (1490), Mehmed III (1566), and Hesiod (-800).


Among religious figures born in Turkey, Saint Nicholas ranks 3Before him are Paul the Apostle (5) and Saint George (280). After him are Luke the Evangelist (31), John Chrysostom (349), Margaret the Virgin (292), Saint Blaise (300), Rachel (-3500), Saint Pantaleon (275), Irenaeus (130), Photios I of Constantinople (900), and Sabbatai Zevi (1626).