Saint Gregory of Neocaesarea, also known as Gregory Thaumaturgus, Gregory the Wonderworker or Father Gregory, was born at Neocaesarea (Tr: Niksar) in Pontus about the year 214. His parents were pagan. His mother who was a widow made sure that her three children received the best possible education.
Trabzon is a town with over 230,000 people (2009 census – it is currently believed to be over 300,000) on the northeast Turkish Black Sea coast at latitude 41°00′ north and longitude 39°45′ east (Figure 1). It is the second largest Turkish urban centre (after Samsun) on the Black Sea.