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With 3,187 biographies, Religious Figures are the 7th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Writers, Athletes, and Singers.


Pantheon has 3,124 people classified as religious figures born between 3500 BC and 2008. Of these 3,124, 430 (13.76%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living religious figures include Pope Francis, 14th Dalai Lama, and Bartholomew I of Constantinople. The most famous deceased religious figures include Muhammad, Jesus, and Moses. As of April 2024, 385 new religious figures have been added to Pantheon including Lazarus of Bethany, Matthias the Apostle, and Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia.

Living Religious Figures

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Deceased Religious Figures

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Newly Added Religious Figures (2024)

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Most religious figures were born in Italy (558), France (225), and Türkiye (150). By city, the most common birth places were Rome (173), Medina (36), and Mecca (35).The most common death places of religious figures were Italy (624), France (205), and Türkiye (145). By city, these were Rome (387), Constantinople (52), and Paris (39).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as religious figures in Pantheon are Methuselah, Hor-Aha, and Rachel.  The concentration of religious figures was largest during the Scribal Era, which lasted from 500 BC to 1449. Some birth or death locations for earlier religious figures are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.


Which Religious Figures were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Religious Figures since 1700.