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Pope Sixtus V

1520 - 1590

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Pope Sixtus V (Italian: Sisto V; 13 December 1521 – 27 August 1590), born Felice Piergentile, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 24 April 1585 to his death in August 1590. As a youth, he joined the Franciscan order, where he displayed talents as a scholar and preacher, and enjoyed the patronage of Pius V, who made him a cardinal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Sixtus V has received more than 560,088 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Pope Sixtus V is the 139th most popular religious figure (down from 135th in 2019), the 166th most popular biography from Italy (up from 169th in 2019) and the 49th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Sixtus V is most famous for being the pope who built the Sistine Chapel.

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Among religious figures, Pope Sixtus V ranks 139 out of 2,238Before him are John Bosco, Pope Pius VI, Saint Blaise, Pope Leo XI, Pope Clement XII, and Pope Benedict XIV. After him are Pope Martin V, Barnabas, Pope Clement XIV, Catherine of Siena, Miriam, and Pope Sixtus IV.

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Among people born in 1520, Pope Sixtus V ranks 2Before him is Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. After him are Sigismund II Augustus, Vincenzo Galilei, Barbara Radziwiłł, Koca Sinan Pasha, Christophe Plantin, Alessandro Farnese, Madeleine of Valois, Matthias Flacius, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, and Thoinot Arbeau. Among people deceased in 1590, Pope Sixtus V ranks 2Before him is Pope Urban VII. After him are Charles II, Archduke of Austria, Ambroise Paré, Christina of Denmark, Archduchess Anna of Austria, Bernardino de Sahagún, Gioseffo Zarlino, Francis Walsingham, Charles de Bourbon, Archduchess Magdalena of Austria, and Giambattista Benedetti.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Sixtus V ranks 166 out of 4,668Before him are Carlo Collodi (1826), Pope Clement XII (1652), Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632), Luchino Visconti (1906), Pope Benedict XIV (1675), and Gaius Marius (-157). After him are Artemisia Gentileschi (1593), Pope Martin V (1369), Pope Clement XIV (1705), Boethius (480), Galba (-3), and Catherine of Siena (1347).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Sixtus V ranks 49Before him are Pope Leo XII (1760), John Bosco (1815), Pope Pius VI (1717), Pope Leo XI (1535), Pope Clement XII (1652), and Pope Benedict XIV (1675). After him are Pope Martin V (1369), Pope Clement XIV (1705), Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Sixtus IV (1414), Pope Clement XI (1649), and Pope Pius IV (1499).