Saint Sava

1169 - 1236

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Saint Sava (Serbian: Свети Сава / Sveti Sava), pronounced [sʋɛ̂ːtiː sǎːʋa], 1174 – 14 January 1236), known as the Enlightener, was a Serbian prince and Orthodox monk, the first Archbishop of the autocephalous Serbian Church, the founder of Serbian law, and a diplomat. Sava, born as Rastko Nemanjić (Serbian Cyrillic: Растко Немањић), was the youngest son of Serbian Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja (founder of the Nemanjić dynasty), and ruled the appanage of Hum briefly in 1190–92. He then left for Mount Athos, where he became a monk with the name Sava (Sabbas). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saint Sava has received more than 381,074 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Saint Sava is the 422nd most popular religious figure (down from 368th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Serbia (down from 4th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Serbian Religious Figure.

Saint Sava is most famous for founding the Serbian Orthodox Church.

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Among religious figures, Saint Sava ranks 422 out of 2,272Before him are Muhammad al-Baqir, Pope Stephen II, Peter the Hermit, Pope Stephen I, Michael I Cerularius, and Gregory the Illuminator. After him are Pope John V, Abu Mansur al-Maturidi, Alphonsus Liguori, Dionysius the Areopagite, Pope Eleutherius, and Margaret Mary Alacoque.

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Among people born in 1169, Saint Sava ranks 2Before him is Muhammad II of Khwarazm. After him are Alexios II Komnenos and Geoffrey I of Villehardouin. Among people deceased in 1236, Saint Sava ranks 1After him are Suleyman Shah, Moinuddin Chishti, Iltutmish, Roger of Wendover, and Rukn ud din Firuz.

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In Serbia

Among people born in Serbia, Saint Sava ranks 18 out of 469Before him are Gratian (359), Jovian (331), Peter I of Serbia (1844), Probus (232), Peter II of Yugoslavia (1923), and Alexander I of Serbia (1876). After him are Stjepan Mesić (1934), Constantius III (370), Draža Mihailović (1893), Karađorđe (1768), Mátyás Rákosi (1892), and Marina Abramović (1946).


Among religious figures born in Serbia, Saint Sava ranks 2Before him are Jerome (345). After him are Martin of Braga (520), Irinej, Serbian Patriarch (1930), Amfilohije Radović (1938), and Sava II (1199).