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Basilinopolis was a small village in Bithynia Prima, which obtained the rank of a city under, or perhaps shortly before, Julian the Apostate, whose mother was Basilina.[1]

Its exact site is not known. As reported in the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, W. M. Ramsay,[2] said it was probably situated on the western side of the Lake of Nicaea (Isnik-Ghueul), near Bazar-Keui, between Kios (now Gemlik) and Nicaea (Isnik). The 2013 Annuario Pontificio places it at Pazarköy.[3]


The first known bishop, Alexander, was consecrated by John Chrysostom about 400. Other bishops are

  • Gerontius (451),
  • Cyriacus (518),
  • Sisinnius (680),
  • Georgius (787),
  • and Anthimus in 878.[4]

At the Council of Chalcedon (451) the see had been the object of a sharp contest between the metropolitans of Nicomedia and Nicaea about jurisdiction. Basilinopolis was finally made by the council a suffragan of Nicomedia;[5] and it remained so until about 1170 under Manuel Comnenus.[6]

The see does not figure in a Notitia episcopatuum of the 15th century, after the Osmanli conquest.[7]

It is included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.


  1. ^ Mansi, VII, 305.
  2. ^ Hist. Geogr. of Asia Minor, 179.
  3. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 847
  4. ^ Lequien, Oriens Christianus, I, 623-625.
  5. ^ Mansi, ibid., 301-314.
  6. ^ Hierocles, Synecdemos, ed. Parthey, 169.
  7. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 46



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Basilinopolis". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

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