The site of Nyssa has been identified as near the modern town of Harmandalı, Ortaköy district, Aksaray province, in south-central Turkey. The archaeological site consists of two tells, named Büyükkale (big castle) and Küçükkale (little castle), located 2 km to the north of Harmandalı.
Another proposed location associates it with the modern city of Nevşehir, but modern scholarship has cast serious doubt on this.
William Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography placed the town at a village, not otherwise mentioned, called Nirse or Nissa and said that it was anciently in a district called Muriane, not far from the river Halys.
The Eastern Orthodox Church has continued to appoint titular bishops of Nyssa even after the town and its Christian community ceased to exist. In practice, these titular bishops held jurisdiction over Orthodox Christian communities located elsewhere. Since 2012, the title "Bishop of Nyssa" is held by the bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese.
In the 18th century, the Roman Catholic Church also began appointing titular bishops of Nyssa (Latin: Nissa).
The Catholic see is currently vacant, having had the following incumbents:
Francesco Giacci (1900.09.26 – 1904.07.03) as Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Frascati (Italy) (1900.09.26 – 1904.07.03); next Bishop of Marsi (Italy) (1904.07.03 – 1909.04.29), emeritate as Titular Bishop of Philomelium (1909.04.29 – death 1929.02.20)
Giovanni Battista Arista, Oratorians (C.O.) (1904.11.14 – 1907.11.04) as Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Acireale (Italy) (1904.11.14 – 1907.11.04); next succeeded as Bishop of Acireale (1907.11.04 – death 1920.09.27)
Laureano Vérez de Acevedo (Spaniard), Jesuit Order (S.J.) (1908.08.22 – death 1920.01.31), no actual prelature
Jules-Alexandre Cusin (1920.03.08 – 1929.05.29) as Coadjutor Bishop of Diocese of Mende (France) (1920.03.08 – 1929.05.29); next succeeded as Bishop of Mende (1929.05.29 – 1937.06.05)
Adriano Bernareggi (1931.12.16 – 1936.04.14) as Coadjutor Bishop of Bergamo (Italy) (1931.12.16 – 1936.04.14); next succeeded as Bishop of Bergamo (1936.04.14 – 1953.06.28), emeritate ('promoted') as Archbishop ad personam (1953 – death 1953.06.28)
Biagio Budelacci (1936.06.18 – death 1973.08.27) as Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Frascati (Italy) (1936.06.18 – 1962) and on emeritate
Gregory of Nyssa, also known as Gregory Nyssen (Greek: Γρηγόριος Νύσσης; c. 335 – c. 395), was bishop of Nyssa from 372 to 376 and from 378 until his death. He is venerated as a saint in Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Anglicanism. Gregory, his elder brother Basil of Caesarea, and their friend Gregory of Nazianzus are collectively known as the Cappadocian Fathers.
Gregory lacked the administrative ability of his brother Basil or the contemporary influence of Gregory of Nazianzus, but he was an erudite theologian who made significant contributions to the doctrine of the Trinity and the Nicene Creed. Gregory's philosophical writings were influenced by Origen. Since the mid-twentieth century, there has been a significant increase in interest in Gregory's works from the academic community, particularly involving universal salvation, which has resulted in challenges to many traditional interpretations of his theology.
Harmandalı is a village in the District of Ortaköy, Aksaray Province, Turkey.It is the presumed location of Nyssa (Cappadocia), an Ancient city and former bishopric in Cappadocia, which remains a Latin Catholic titular see.
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Nevşehir, formerly Neapolis and Muşkara, is a city and the capital district of Nevşehir Province in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey. According to the 2010 census, the population of the district is 117,890 of which 85,634 live in the city of Nevşehir. The district covers an area of 535 km2 (207 sq mi), and the town lies at an elevation of 1,224 m (4,016 ft).
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