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Pope Nicholas III

1215 - 1280

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Pope Nicholas III (Latin: Nicolaus III; c. 1225 – 22 August 1280), born Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 25 November 1277 to his death on 22 August 1280. He was a Roman nobleman who had served under eight popes, been made Cardinal-Deacon of St. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Nicholas III has received more than 330,770 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Pope Nicholas III is the 344th most popular religious figure (down from 333rd in 2019), the 417th most popular biography from Italy (down from 395th in 2019) and the 158th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Nicholas III is most famous for being the pope who issued the papal bull Unam Sanctam, which asserted that the power of the pope is supreme over all earthly authorities.

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Among religious figures, Pope Nicholas III ranks 344 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Adeodatus II, Simeon Stylites, Pope Innocent V, Dionysius the Areopagite, Pope Clement III, and Thích Nhất Hạnh. After him are Kane Tanaka, Pope Marcellus I, Pope Benedict III, Pope Sergius IV, Pope Marinus II, and Pope Celestine IV.

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Among people born in 1215, Pope Nicholas III ranks 4Before him are Kublai Khan, Pope Celestine V, and Pope John XXI. After him are Violant of Hungary, Otto III, Margrave of Brandenburg, Hethum I, King of Armenia, William of Moerbeke, Beatrice d'Este, Queen of Hungary, David VII of Georgia, Mécia Lopes de Haro, and Zdislava Berka. Among people deceased in 1280, Pope Nicholas III ranks 2Before him is Albertus Magnus. After him are Orda Khan, Margaret II, Countess of Flanders, Magnus VI of Norway, Al-Said Barakah, Drogön Chögyal Phagpa, Guan Hanqing, Yolande II, Countess of Nevers, Jacopo Contarini, and John I de la Roche.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Nicholas III ranks 417 out of 4,668Before him are Albano Carrisi (1943), Luigi Cherubini (1760), Lorenzo Valla (1407), Pope Adeodatus II (610), Pope Clement III (1130), and Carlo Gesualdo (1566). After him are Dino Zoff (1942), Tinto Brass (1933), Philolaus (-470), Pope Marcellus I (255), Amadeo I of Spain (1845), and Clara Petacci (1912).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Nicholas III ranks 158Before him are Philip Neri (1515), Pope Eugene I (600), Pope Benedict I (525), Pope Eutychian (300), Pope Adeodatus II (610), and Pope Clement III (1130). After him are Pope Marcellus I (255), Pope Benedict III (810), Pope Sergius IV (970), Pope Marinus II (932), Pope Celestine IV (1200), and Pope Honorius I (585).