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The Catholic diocese of Tinin
(Italian), or diocese of Knin
(Croatian placename) was in Dalmatia
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). It existed from the eleventh century to 1622, when the Ottoman conquest of Knin
Knin is a historical town in the Šibenik-Knin county of Croatia, located near the source of the river Krka at , in the Dalmatian hinterland, on the railroad Zagreb–Split. Knin rose to prominence twice in history, as a one-time capital of both the Kingdom of Croatia and briefly of the...
drove out the bishops.
It then effectively became a titular see
A titular see in various churches is an episcopal see of a former diocese that no longer functions, sometimes called a "dead diocese". The ordinary or hierarch of such a see may be styled a "titular bishop", "titular metropolitan", or "titular archbishop"....
, though this status is not entirely clear. It may notionally have continued, suffragan to the archdiocese of Kalocsa-Bacs.
At the request of Casimir of Croatia in 1050, a Bishopric of Knin was created, suffragan to the archdiocese of Spalato; the bishop seems to have been attached to the court as preacher. Daniele Farlati
Daniele Farlati was an ecclesiastical historian.Farlati was born in San Daniele del Friuli in the present Italian province of Udine. After having studied in Gorizia he entered, in 1707, the Society of Jesus in Bologna...
in his Illyricum sacrum
, IV (Venice, 1775), gives a history of the prelates of Knin, from Mark in 1050 to Joseph in 1755. The residential succession was interrupted by the invasion in 1622.
When Venice captured the district in 1768, the Bishop of Sebenico was appointed to administer the diocese, which was united in 1828 to Sebenico (today the Roman Catholic Diocese of Šibenik
). The ruins of the old Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist are still visible.