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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. W. M. Ramsay, placed it on the western side of the Lake of Nicaea, near Pazarköy, between Kios (now Gemlik) and Nicaea (Iznik).,[2] as did the 2013 Annuario Pontificio.[3]


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

  • Gerontius (451)
  • Cyriacus (518)
  • Sisinnius (680)
  • Georgius (787)
  • Anthimus (878).[4][5][6]

At the Council of Chalcedon (451) the metropolitans of Nicomedia and Nicaea were in sharp dispute about jurisdiction over the see of Basilinopolis. The council decided to assign it as a suffragan of Nicomedia.[7] It was still reckoned as such in 1170 under Manuel Comnenus.[8] The see does not figure in a Notitia episcopatuum of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople after the 15th century, probably indicating that the city was destroyed in the Osmanli conquest.[9]

Basilinopolis is listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[10]


  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. ^ Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 623-626
  5. ^ Raymond Janin, v. Basilinopolis in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. VI, 1932, coll. 1236-1237
  6. ^ Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 443
  7. ^ Mansi, ibid., 301-314.
  8. ^ Hierocles, Synecdemos, ed. Parthey, 169.
  9. ^ "Basilinopolis" in Catholic Encyclopedia
  10. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 847


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