Teresa of Ávila

1515 - 1582

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Teresa of Ávila, born Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus (28 March 1515 – 4 or 15 October 1582), was a Spanish noblewoman who felt called to convent life in the Catholic Church. A Carmelite nun, prominent Spanish mystic, religious reformer, author, theologian of the contemplative life and of mental prayer, she earned the rare distinction of being declared a Doctor of the Church, but not until over four centuries after her death. Active during the Catholic Reformation, she reformed the Carmelite Orders of both women and men. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Teresa of Ávila has received more than 2,345,604 page views. Her biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Teresa of Ávila is the 99th most popular religious figure (up from 103rd in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Spain (up from 27th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Spanish Religious Figure.

Teresa of ávila is most famous for her autobiography, "the life of saint teresa of ávila." she is also known for her mystical experiences and her contributions to the Carmelite Order.

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Among religious figures, Teresa of Ávila ranks 99 out of 2,272Before her are Saint Lucy, Pope Boniface VIII, Hasan ibn Ali, Elisha, Methuselah, and Pope Pius II. After her are Pope Pius III, Pope Pius VII, Saint Dominic, Pope Clement V, Saint Lawrence, and Esther.

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Among people born in 1515, Teresa of Ávila ranks 1After her are Şehzade Mustafa, Philip Neri, Anne of Cleves, Mary of Guise, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Injong of Joseon, Pierre Lescot, Petrus Ramus, Cipriano de Rore, Piali Pasha, and Sebastian Castellio. Among people deceased in 1582, Teresa of Ávila ranks 1After her are Oda Nobunaga, Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba, Wu Cheng'en, Akechi Mitsuhide, Altan Khan, Takeda Katsuyori, Mori Ranmaru, Diego, Prince of Asturias, Zhang Juzheng, Charlotte of Bourbon, and Oda Nobutada.

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Among people born in Spain, Teresa of Ávila ranks 26 out of 2,595Before her are Francisco Pizarro (1478), Joanna of Castile (1479), Catherine of Aragon (1485), Joan Miró (1893), Maimonides (1138), and Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452). After her are Saint Dominic (1170), Saint Lawrence (225), Federico García Lorca (1898), El Cid (1045), Francis Xavier (1506), and Anne of Austria (1601).


Among religious figures born in Spain, Teresa of Ávila ranks 4Before her are Ignatius of Loyola (1491), Pope Alexander VI (1431), and Maimonides (1138). After her are Saint Dominic (1170), Saint Lawrence (225), Francis Xavier (1506), Pope Callixtus III (1379), Tomás de Torquemada (1420), John of the Cross (1542), Antipope Benedict XIII (1328), and Vincent of Saragossa (300).