Episcopal see

The seat or cathedra of the Bishop of Rome in the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano

An episcopal see is, in the usual meaning of the phrase, the area of a bishop's ecclesiastical jurisdiction.[1][2]

Phrases concerning actions occurring within or outside an episcopal see are indicative of the geographical significance of the term, making it synonymous with diocese.[3][4][5][6]

The word see is derived from Latin sedes, which in its original or proper sense denotes the seat or chair that, in the case of a bishop, is the earliest symbol of the bishop's authority.[7] This symbolic chair is also known as the bishop's cathedra, and is placed in the diocese principal church, which for that reason is called the bishop's cathedral, from Latin ecclesia cathedralis, meaning the church of the cathedra. The word throne is also used, especially in the Eastern Orthodox Church, both for the seat and for the area of ecclesiastical jurisdiction.[8]

The term "see" is also used of the town where the cathedral or the bishop's residence is located.[7]

Catholic Church

Within Catholicism, each diocese is considered to be a see unto itself with a certain allegiance to the See of Rome. The idea of a see as a sovereign entity is somewhat complicated due to the existence of the 23 Particular Churches of the Catholic Church. The Western Church and its Eastern Catholic counterparts all reserve some level of autonomy, yet each also is subdivided into smaller sees (dioceses and archdioceses). The episcopal see of the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, is known as "the Holy See"[9] or "the Apostolic See",[10] claiming Papal supremacy.

Other Languages
aragonés: Seu bispal
català: Seu episcopal
Deutsch: Bischofssitz
español: Sede episcopal
Esperanto: Episkopejo
français: Évêché
Bahasa Indonesia: Takhta episkopal
norsk: Stiftsstad
norsk nynorsk: Stiftsstad
português: Sé episcopal
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Biskupska stolica
svenska: Stiftsstad
Tiếng Việt: Tòa giám mục
中文: 主教座