Marino Bizzi

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Marino Bizzi
Other namesMarin Bizzi
Croatian: Marin Bici
CitizenshipRepublic of Venice
OccupationArchbishop of Antivari
EmployerPope Paul V

Marino Bizzi (Latin name: Marinus Bizzius; 1570–1624) was a Venetian patrician in Dalmatia, and a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church as Archbishop of Antivari.


Bizzi was born on the island of Rab, part of the Republic of Venice (in present-day Croatia)[1] to an aristocratic and wealthy family. He served as the island's bishop till 1608 when Pope Paul V appointed him as the Archbishop of Antivari and the administrator of the Bishopric of Budua (Budva).

Through Mahmut Bushati, Bizzi obtained a firman from Sultan Ahmed I, allowing him entry into Antivari. After obtaining the firman, Bizzi went off to live in the house of Asan Çelebi in Antivari. However, his life was always in danger. Because of unsettled conditions within his diocese, Bizzi had his seat in Budua, where he only lived for three years.

At the beginning of 1610, Bizzi had set off on a journey to visit his ecclesiastical regions, which were under Turkish, only to return by the end of the year. He travelled to Rab the following year, eventually settling in Rome, in Italy, where he died.

During his reign as Archbishop, he provided a detailed report of the Archbishopric, which would later become a widely used authentic historical source.[2]

On another note, his reign also saw many Buduan locals from the Paštrović tribe (pleme) converted to Roman Catholicism.

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  1. ^ Robert Elsie, Early Albania: a reader of historical texts, 11th-17th centuries, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, Berlin 2003, p. 77
  2. ^ De Waal, Clarissa (2007). Albania today: a portrait of post-communist turbulence. I.B. Taurus. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-85043-859-5. Retrieved 2010-05-31.