Pope Alexander III

1100 - 1181

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Pope Alexander III (c. 1100/1105 – 30 August 1181), born Roland (Italian: Rolando), was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 7 September 1159 until his death. A native of Siena, Alexander became pope after a contested election, but had to spend much of his pontificate outside Rome while several rivals, supported by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, claimed the papacy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Alexander III has received more than 430,918 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia. Pope Alexander III is the 225th most popular religious figure (down from 203rd in 2019), the 270th most popular biography from Italy (down from 237th in 2019) and the 97th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Alexander III is most famous for his role in the Third Crusade.

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Among religious figures, Pope Alexander III ranks 225 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Benedict IX, Pope Adrian I, Pope Siricius, Longinus, Pope Sixtus I, and Maximilian Kolbe. After him are Pope Urban III, Cyprian, John of the Cross, Saint Veronica, Pope Felix I, and Ubba.

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Among people born in 1100, Pope Alexander III ranks 3Before him are Muhammad al-Idrisi and Pope Gregory VIII. After him are Pope Innocent II, Pope Honorius II, Pope Lucius II, Pope Celestine II, Albert the Bear, Pope Adrian IV, Inge the Elder, Sverker I of Sweden, and Emperor Qinzong. Among people deceased in 1181, Pope Alexander III ranks 1After him are Taira no Kiyomori, Henry I, Count of Champagne, Emperor Takakura, Mahsati, and Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Provence.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Alexander III ranks 270 out of 4,088Before him are Pope Benedict IX (1012), Pope Adrian I (700), Gianni Versace (1946), Pope Siricius (334), Longinus (100), and Pope Sixtus I (42). After him are Pope Urban III (1200), Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378), Pope Felix I (300), Catiline (-109), Antonio Meucci (1808), and Enrico Dandolo (1107).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Alexander III ranks 97Before him are Pope Urban I (222), Pope Benedict IX (1012), Pope Adrian I (700), Pope Siricius (334), Longinus (100), and Pope Sixtus I (42). After him are Pope Urban III (1200), Pope Felix I (300), Pope Benedict XIII (1649), Pope Pelagius I (505), Philip Neri (1515), and Pope John XII (937).