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(Arabic: دمياط‎ Dumyāṭ , IPA: [domˈjɑːtˤ]; Coptic: ⲧⲁⲙⲓⲁϯ) also known as Damiata, or Domyat, is a port and the capital of the Damietta Governorate in Egypt, a former bishopric and present multiple Catholic titular see. It is located at the Damietta
branch, a distributary of the Nile, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the Mediterranean Sea, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Cairo.


1 History 2 Ecclesiastical history

2.1 Titular Latin see 2.2 Titular Melkite see

3 Economy 4 Main sights 5 Notable people 6 Climate 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] In Ancient Egypt, the city was known as Tamiat (Coptic: ⲧⲁⲙⲓⲁϯ), but in the Hellenistic period
Hellenistic period
it was called Tamiathis (Greek Ταμίαθις).[1] Mentioned by the 6th-century geographer Stephanus Byzantius,[2] the town later became known as Damiata and as Damietta, which probably derived from an ancient Egyptian word "Damt" that means the ability, since Damietta
had the ability to combine the salt water of the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
and the fresh water of the Nile
in one place. Other historians note that the city was called "Tam Heet" which means the city of the water or the city of the running water.[3] Another derivation of the name might be "Tam Hēt", meaning city of North (Coptic: ⲡϯⲙⲉ ϧⲏⲧ). Under Caliph Omar
Caliph Omar
(579–644), the Arabs took the town and successfully resisted the attempts by the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
to recover it, especially in 739, 821, 921 and 968.[2] The Abbasids used Alexandria, Damietta, Aden
and Siraf
as entry ports to India and the Tang Empire of China.[4] Damietta
was an important naval base during the Abbasid, Tulunid and Fatimid periods. This led to several attacks by the Byzantine Empire, most notably the sack and destruction of the city in May 853. Damietta
was again important in the 12th and 13th centuries during the time of the Crusades. In 1169, a fleet from the Kingdom of Jerusalem, with support from the Byzantine Empire, attacked the port, but it was defeated by Saladin.[5][6] During preparations for the Fifth Crusade
Fifth Crusade
in 1217, it was decided that Damietta
should be the focus of attack. Control of Damietta
meant control of the Nile, and from there the crusaders believed they would be able to conquer Egypt. From Egypt
they could then attack Palestine and recapture Jerusalem. When the port was besieged and occupied by Frisian crusaders in 1219, Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi
arrived to peaceably negotiate with the Muslim ruler.[7][8] The siege devastated the population of Damietta. In October 1218 reinforcements arrived including the Papal Legate
Papal Legate
Pelagius with the English earls Ranulf of Chester, Saer of Winchester and William Aubigny of Arundel, together with Odonel Aubigny, Robert Fitzwalter, John Lacy of Chester, William Harcourt and Oliver, the illegitimate son of King John.[9] In 1221 the Crusaders attempted to march to Cairo, but were destroyed by the combination of nature and Muslim defences.[10] Damietta
was also the object of the Seventh Crusade, led by Louis IX of France. His fleet arrived there in 1249 and quickly captured the fort, which he refused to hand over to the nominal king of Jerusalem, to whom it had been promised during the Fifth Crusade.[11] However, having been taken prisoner with his army in April 1250, Louis was obliged to surrender Damietta
as ransom.[2] Hearing that Louis was preparing a new crusade, the Mamluk
Sultan Baibars, in view of the importance of the town to the Crusaders, destroyed it in 1251 and rebuilt it with stronger fortifications a few kilometres from the river in the early 1260s, making the mouth of the Nile
at Damietta
impassable for ships.[2][12] Ecclesiastical history[edit] Hellenistic Tamiathis became a Christian bishopric, a suffragan of the Metropolitan see of Pelusium, the capital of the Roman province
Roman province
of Augustamnica Prima, to which Tamiathis belonged. Its bishop Heraclius took part in the Council of Ephesus
Council of Ephesus
in 431. Helpidius was a signatory of the decree of Patriarch Gennadius of Constantinople
Gennadius of Constantinople
against simony in 459. Bassus was at the Second Council of Constantinople
Second Council of Constantinople
(553). In a letter from Patriarch Michael I of Alexandria
read at the Photian Council of Constantinople (879), mention is made of Zacharias of Tamiathis, who had attended a synod that Michael had convened in support of Photius. Later bishops too of Tamiathis are named in other documents.[13][14] In 1249, when Louis IX of France
Louis IX of France
captured the town, it became for a short time the seat of a Latin Church
Latin Church
bishop. The Latin bishopric, no longer residential, is today listed by the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
twice as a titular see under the names Tamiathis (Latin) and Damiata (Curiate Italian), each at time of episcopal or archiepiscopal]] rank, of the Latin and Melkite Catholic Churches,[15] for the Catholic Church, having been until the early 20th century an important centre for that church.[2] Titular Latin see[edit] The diocese was nominally restored in the 17th century when established as Latin Titular archbishopric of Tamiathis of the Romans (Latin; Damiata in Curiate Italian) and had the following incumbents of the intermediary (archiepiscopal) rank :

Bernardino Spada
Bernardino Spada
(later Cardinal) (1623.12.04 – 1626.01.19) Cardinal Cesare Facchinetti
Cesare Facchinetti
(1639.09.05 – 1672.11.14) Neri Corsini (later Cardinal) (1652.08.12 – 1664.01.14) Angelo Maria Ranuzzi (later Cardinal) (1668.04.30 – 1678.04.18) Ercole Visconti (1678.07.18 – ?) Marco Antonio Ansidei (later Cardinal) (1724.06.12 – 1726.12.16) Raffaele Cosimo De Girolami (later Cardinal) (1728.03.08 – 1743.09.09) Paul Alpheran de Bussan, Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Sovereign Military Order of Malta
(O.B.E.) (1746.09.19 – 1757.04.20) Vincenzo Maria de Francisco e Galletti, Dominican Order
Dominican Order
(O.P.) (1757.12.19 – 1769.07.19) Bonaventura Prestandrea, Conventual Franciscans
Conventual Franciscans
(O.F.M. Conv.) (1769.12.18 – 1777.12.21) Bartolomeo Pacca
Bartolomeo Pacca
(later Cardinal) (1785.09.26 – 1801.02.23) Giovanni Francesco Compagnoni Marefoschi (1816.04.29 – 1820.09.17) Giovanni Giacomo Sinibaldi (1821.08.13 – 1843.01.27) (later Patriarch)* Vincenzo Gioacchino Pecci (later Pope Leo XIII) (1843.01.27 – 1846.01.19) Diego Planeta (1850.01.07 – 1858.06.05) Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano
Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano
(later Cardinal) (1866.05.04 – 1873.12.22) Eugène-Louis-Marie Lion, O.P. (1874.03.13 – 1883.08.08) Eugenio Lachat, Missionaries of the Precious Blood
Missionaries of the Precious Blood
(C.PP.S.) (1885.03.23 – 1886.11.01) Ignazio Persico (德斯馬曾), O.F.M. Cap. (later Cardinal) (1887.03.14 – 1893.01.16) Andrea Aiuti
Andrea Aiuti
(later Cardinal) (1893.06.12 – 1903.06.22) Edoardo Carlo Gastone Pöttickh de Pettenegg, Teutonic Order
Teutonic Order
(O.T.) (1904.11.14 – 1918.10.01) Sebastião Leite de Vasconcellos (1919.12.15 – 1923.01.29) Luigi Pellizzo (1923.03.24 – 1936.08.14)

Demoted in 1925 as Titular bishopric, it is vacant since decades, having had the following incumbents, all of the episcopal (lowest) rank :

Guglielmo Grassi (1937.01.13 – 1954.09.14) Eugenio Beitia Aldazabal (1954.10.30 – 1962.01.27) Marco Caliaro, Scalabrinians
(C.S.) (1962.02.10 – 1962.05.23) Antonio Cece (1962.08.06 – 1966.03.31)

Titular Melkite see[edit] Established in 1900 as Titular bishopric
Titular bishopric
of Damiata of the Melkite Greeks (Italian; Latin Tamiathis), suppressed in 1935, after a single incumbent of this episcopal (lowest) rank :

Titular Bishop Paul-Raphaël Abi-Mourad (1900.07.02 – 1935.08.08)

Restored in 1961 as Titular archbishopric, it has had the following incumbents of the archiepiscopal (intermediary) rank :

Titular Archbishop Antonio Farage (1961.03.07 – 1963.11.09) Titular Archbishop Nicolas Hajj (1965.07.30 – 1984.11.03) Titular Archbishop Joseph Jules Zerey (2001.06.22 – ...), Protosyncellus
of Jerusalem
of the Greek-Melkites (Palestine)

Economy[edit] Damietta
is very famous for its furniture industry. In addition to the Egyptian market, its furniture is sold in Arab countries, Africa, Europe, US, and almost all over the world. Today, there is a canal connecting it to the Nile, which has made it an important port once again. Containers are transported through the new Damietta
Port. The Damietta
governorate has a population of about 1,093,580 (2006). It contains the SEGAS LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) plant,[16] which will ultimately have a capacity of 9.6 million ton/year through two trains. The plant is owned by Segas, a joint venture of the Spanish utility Unión Fenosa
Unión Fenosa
(40%), Italian oil company Eni
(40%) and the Egyptian companies EGAS and EGPC (10% each).[17] The plant is unusual since it is not supplied from a dedicated field, but is supplied with gas from the Egyptian grid. As of 2010[update], EMethanex, the Egyptian division of Methanex
Corporation a Canadian owned company, was building a 3600 MTPD methanol plant. Damietta
also has a notable furniture and woodworking industries and is also noted for its White Domiati
cheese and other dairy products[18] and Pâtisserie
and Egyptian desserts. It is also a fishing port. Main sights[edit]


Amr Ibn Al-a'as Mosque (Al-Fateh), the second mosque to be built in Egypt
and Africa by the Arabs after entering Egypt. It has been converted to a church twice during occupation by the crusaders and Louis IX of France's son John Tristan, Count of Valois was baptized by a legate of the Pope in this mosque. Al-Bahr Mosque, dating to the Ottoman rule era. Al-Hadidy Mosque in Faraskour, 200 years old. Al-Maainy Mosque, dating to the reign of Al-Naser Mohammed Ibn Qalawon. Al-Matbuly Mosque, dating to the Mamluk
era. Al-Radwaniya Mosque, dating to the Mamluk


Urabi fort (Tabiet Orabi) in Ezbet al-Borg

Tabiet Ahmed Urabi, ruins of Damietta
Fort at Ezbet El-Borg. The Old Bridge Elkobri Elqadeem, dating to the early 20th century. Souk Al-Hesba, the old town centre, dating to the Abbasi rule era.

Notable people[edit]

Kamal al-Din Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Damiri, (1344–1405), writer on canon law and natural history[19] Refaat Al-Gammal (Raafat el-Haggan), Egyptian spy Professor Aisha Abd al-Rahman
Aisha Abd al-Rahman
(Bent Al Shatea), journalist and Muslim philosopher Latifa al-Zayyat, activist and writer Professor Abdel Rahman Badawi, professor of philosophy St. Sidhom Bishay, Coptic martyr Rifaat El-Fanagily, football player Mohamed Fahim ElGindy, who established and developed the furniture industry during 20th century in Damietta Rifaat el-Mahgoub, former Head of the Egyptian Parliament and a member of the ruling National Democratic Party Besheer El-Tabei, football player Mohammed Hassan El-Zayyat, former minister of foreign affairs. Farag Foda, secular writer shot to death in his office on 8 June 1992 by two Islamic fundamentalists from the Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya
Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya
group. Zahi Hawass, Egyptologist Yusuf Idris, writer & psychiatrist Zaki Naguib Mahmoud, writer and philosopher Ali Moustafa Mosharafa, physicist and contributor to the theory of relativity Farouk Shousha, poet; previously head of Egyptian Radio (El Soaraa village) Essam El-Hadary, Egypt
football team captain

Climate[edit] Köppen-Geiger climate classification system
Köppen-Geiger climate classification system
classifies its climate as hot desert (BWh), but blowing winds from the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
greatly moderate the temperatures, typical to the Egypt's north coast, making its summers moderately hot and humid while its winters mild and moderately wet when sleet and hail are also common. Port Said, Kosseir, Ras El Bar, Baltim, Damietta
and Alexandria
have the least temperature variation in Egypt.

Climate data for Damietta, Egypt

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 17.2 (63) 18.1 (64.6) 19.9 (67.8) 23.2 (73.8) 27.3 (81.1) 28.8 (83.8) 29.9 (85.8) 30.3 (86.5) 28.9 (84) 27.3 (81.1) 23.8 (74.8) 19.2 (66.6) 24.49 (76.08)

Daily mean °C (°F) 13.2 (55.8) 13.8 (56.8) 15.4 (59.7) 18.4 (65.1) 22.2 (72) 24.2 (75.6) 25.9 (78.6) 26.3 (79.3) 24.8 (76.6) 23.3 (73.9) 19.8 (67.6) 15.2 (59.4) 20.21 (68.37)

Average low °C (°F) 9.2 (48.6) 9.6 (49.3) 11 (52) 13.6 (56.5) 17.1 (62.8) 19.7 (67.5) 22 (72) 22.3 (72.1) 20.7 (69.3) 19.3 (66.7) 15.8 (60.4) 11.3 (52.3) 15.97 (60.79)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 26 (1.02) 18 (0.71) 13 (0.51) 5 (0.2) 2 (0.08) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 7 (0.28) 15 (0.59) 25 (0.98) 111 (4.37)

Source: climate-data.org[20]

See also[edit]


Damiaatjes Caphutkia ancient name of Damietta
in Aramaic & Jewish literature. Sheremsah Caphtor Damietta
toad Domiati


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