Pope Pius VI

1717 - 1799

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Pope Pius VI (born Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi, 25 December 1717 – 29 August 1799) was head of the Roman Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 15 February 1775 to his death in 1799.Pius VI condemned the French Revolution and the suppression of the Gallican Church that resulted from it. French troops commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the papal troops and occupied the Papal States in 1796. In 1798, upon his refusal to renounce his temporal power, Pius was taken prisoner and transported to France. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pius VI has received more than 453,985 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia. Pope Pius VI is the 117th most popular religious figure (down from 101st in 2019), the 142nd most popular biography from Italy (down from 120th in 2019) and the 36th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Pius VI was most famous for being the pope who was imprisoned by Napoleon and died in captivity.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pius VI ranks 117 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Pius V, Clare of Assisi, Pope Sylvester I, Albertus Magnus, Francis Xavier, and Catherine of Siena. After him are Job, Pope Pius VIII, Saint Christopher, Agatha of Sicily, Hassan-i Sabbah, and Pope John XXII.

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Among people born in 1717, Pope Pius VI ranks 3Before him are Maria Theresa and Jean le Rond d'Alembert. After him are Mustafa III, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Johann Stamitz, Peter III of Portugal, Ernst Gideon von Laudon, Louis François, Prince of Conti, Marie Anne de Mailly, Horace Walpole, and David Garrick. Among people deceased in 1799, Pope Pius VI ranks 2Before him is George Washington. After him are Qianlong Emperor, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Pierre Beaumarchais, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Joseph Black, Tipu Sultan, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Victoire of France, Étienne-Louis Boullée, and Horace Bénédict de Saussure.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pius VI ranks 142 out of 4,088Before him are Sergio Leone (1929), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Pope Sylvester I (300), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Leon Battista Alberti (1404), and Catherine of Siena (1347). After him are Galba (-3), Pope Pius VIII (1761), Luigi Galvani (1737), Boethius (480), Paolo Veronese (1528), and Agatha of Sicily (235).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pius VI ranks 36Before him are Pope Urban VIII (1568), Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Pius V (1504), Clare of Assisi (1193), Pope Sylvester I (300), and Catherine of Siena (1347). After him are Pope Pius VIII (1761), Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Leo XII (1760), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Gregory IX (1160), and Pope Clement VIII (1536).