Karpasia (town)

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Karpasia, Latinized as Carpasia, and also known as Karpasion (sometimes mistaken for Karpathos), is said to have been founded by the Phoenician King Pygmalion of Tyre near Cape Sarpedon, now Cape St. Andreas, at the extreme end of the Karpass Peninsula on the north-east shore of Cyprus, a short distance north of the modern town of Rizokarpaso.

Its first-known bishop, Philo, was ordained by Epiphanius of Salamis in the 4th century; he has left a commentary on the Canticle of Canticles, a letter, and some fragments. Another bishop of the see, Hermolaus, was present at the Council of Chalcedon in 451.[1][2] The chroniclers mention the names of three other bishops, and a fourth occurs on a seal, all without dates. Another is quoted in the "Constitutio Cypria" of Pope Alexander IV (1260).[3][4] No longer a residential bishopric, Carpasia is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[5]


  1. ^ Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. II, coll. 1067-1068
  2. ^ Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 439
  3. ^ [1] Sophrone Pétridès, "Carpasia" in Catholic Encyclopedia (New York 1908)
  4. ^ Konrad Eubel, Hierarchia Catholica Medii Aevi, vol. 5, p. 144; vol. 6, p. 148; vol. 7, pp. 134–135; vol. 8, p. 184
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 859

Coordinates: 35°35′47″N 34°22′41″E / 35.59639°N 34.37806°E / 35.59639; 34.37806