Catherine the Great

1729 - 1796

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Catherine II (born Princess Sophie Augusta Frederica von Anhalt-Zerbst; 2 May 1729 – 17 November 1796), most commonly known as Catherine the Great, was the reigning empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796. She came to power after overthrowing her husband, Peter III. Under her long reign, inspired by the ideas of the Enlightenment, Russia experienced a renaissance of culture and sciences, which led to the founding of many new cities, universities, and theatres, along with a large-scale immigration from the rest of Europe and with the recognition of Russia as one of the great powers of Europe. In her accession to power and her rule of the empire, Catherine often relied on her noble favourites, most notably Count Grigory Orlov and Grigory Potemkin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Catherine the Great has received more than 28,633,453 page views. Her biography is available in 119 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 114 in 2019). Catherine the Great is the 3rd most popular nobleman (up from 6th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Poland and the most popular Polish Nobleman.

Catherine the Great was most famous for her contributions to the arts, including the establishment of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Hermitage Museum. She also expanded the borders of Russia, made it a world power, and was the first woman to rule Russia.

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Over the past year Catherine the Great has had the most page views in the with 3,180,374 views, followed by Russian (2,942,093), and Spanish (365,173). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Karakalpak (458.23%), Simple English (253.87%), and Classical Chinese (244.68%)


Among noblemen, Catherine the Great ranks 3 out of 1,415Before her are Marie Antoinette, and Elizabeth II. After her are Ramesses II, Henry VIII of England, Ragnar Lodbrok, Margrethe II of Denmark, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Akihito, and Lucrezia Borgia.

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Among people born in 1729, Catherine the Great ranks 1After her are Louis, Dauphin of France, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Edmund Burke, Moses Mendelssohn, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Maria Antonia Ferdinanda of Spain, Antonio Soler, Johann Daniel Titius, and Johann Reinhold Forster. Among people deceased in 1796, Catherine the Great ranks 1After her are Robert Burns, Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia, Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Princess Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, James Macpherson, Adolph Freiherr Knigge, Johann Daniel Titius, Thomas Reid, Shahrokh Shah, Pyotr Rumyantsev, and Charles of Saxony, Duke of Courland.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Catherine the Great ranks 6 out of 1,694Before her are Nicolaus Copernicus (1473), Frédéric Chopin (1810), Marie Curie (1867), Pope John Paul II (1920), and Arthur Schopenhauer (1788). After her are Rosa Luxemburg (1871), David Ben-Gurion (1886), Lech Wałęsa (1943), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), and Manfred von Richthofen (1892).

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