Seraphim of Sarov

1754 - 1833

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Seraphim of Sarov (Russian: Серафим Саровский; 30 July [O.S. 19 July] 1754 (or 1759) – 14 January [O.S. 2 January] 1833), born Prókhor Isídorovich Moshnín (Mashnín) [Про́хор Иси́дорович Мошни́н (Машни́н)], is one of the most renowned Russian saints and is venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion. He is generally considered the greatest of the 18th-century startsy (elders). Seraphim extended the monastic teachings of contemplation, theoria and self-denial to the layperson. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Seraphim of Sarov has received more than 587,276 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Seraphim of Sarov is the 605th most popular religious figure (down from 562nd in 2019), the 186th most popular biography from Russia (down from 179th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Russian Religious Figure.

Seraphim of Sarov is most famous for his spiritual teachings and his ability to heal people.

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    Languages Editions (L)

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Among religious figures, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 605 out of 3,187Before him are Macarius of Egypt, Qasim ibn Muhammad, Pope Stephen V, Pope Theodore II, Muhammad Ahmad, and John Wesley. After him are Pope Stephen IX, Anne Catherine Emmerich, Josaphat Kuntsevych, Huineng, Angela Merici, and Giulia Farnese.

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Among people born in 1754, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 5Before him are Louis XVI of France, Paul I of Russia, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, and Joseph Proust. After him are Madame Roland, Jacques Pierre Brissot, Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este, Georg Forster, Frederick I of Württemberg, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, and Antoine Destutt de Tracy. Among people deceased in 1833, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 7Before him are Nicéphore Niépce, Ferdinand VII of Spain, Kaspar Hauser, Richard Trevithick, Marie-Antoine Carême, and Adrien-Marie Legendre. After him are William Wilberforce, Ram Mohan Roy, Hugh Glass, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach, and Pierre-Narcisse Guérin.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 186 out of 3,761Before him are Wladimir Köppen (1846), Roman Abramovich (1966), Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia (1657), Ivan Bunin (1870), Marina Tsvetaeva (1892), and Vladimir Solovyov (1853). After him are Igor Kurchatov (1903), Ivan I of Moscow (1288), Gotthard Heinrici (1886), Vladimir Propp (1895), Andrei Tupolev (1888), and Grigori Perelman (1966).


Among religious figures born in Russia, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 4Before him are Vladimir the Great (958), Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1899), and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (1946). After him are Patriarch Nikon of Moscow (1605), Eugen Sandow (1867), Ilia II of Georgia (1933), Sergius of Radonezh (1314), Avvakum (1620), Basil Fool for Christ (1468), Nadezhda von Meck (1831), and Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow (1865).