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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 396,348 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Seraphim of Sarov is the 546th most popular religious figure (down from 541st in 2019), the 180th most popular biography from Russia (up from 187th in 2019) and the 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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  • 36

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.57

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.28

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Among religious figures, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 546 out of 2,238Before him are Muadh ibn Jabal, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Vincent Ferrer, Hasan al-Askari, Pope Mark, and Joseph of Cupertino. After him are Rose of Lima, Camillus de Lellis, Pope Donus, Ibn Majah, Pope Benedict V, and Pope Agapetus I.

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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 Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este. After him are Joseph Proust, Jacques Pierre Brissot, Madame Roland, Frederick I of Württemberg, Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Bon-Adrien Jeannot de Moncey, and Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier. Among people deceased in 1833, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 6Before him are Nicéphore Niépce, Kaspar Hauser, Ferdinand VII of Spain, Richard Trevithick, and Adrien-Marie Legendre. After him are Marie-Antoine Carême, Ram Mohan Roy, Hugh Glass, William Wilberforce, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, and Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach.

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Among people born in Russia, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 180 out of 3,262Before him are Yuri Dolgorukiy (1095), Marina Tsvetaeva (1892), Anatoly Karpov (1951), Alexander Friedmann (1888), Nicholas Roerich (1874), and Vladimir Propp (1895). After him are Nikolai Vatutin (1901), Igor Tamm (1895), Ivan Bunin (1870), Alexander Rodchenko (1891), Wladimir Köppen (1846), and Maya Plisetskaya (1925).


Among religious figures born in Russia, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 1After him are Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (1946), Patriarch Nikon of Moscow (1605), Ilia II of Georgia (1933), Eugen Sandow (1867), Sergius of Radonezh (1314), Avvakum (1620), Basil Fool for Christ (1468), Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow (1865), Nicholas of Japan (1836), Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova (1835), and Xenia of Saint Petersburg (1719).