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Coordinates: 22°48′28″S 43°24′50″W / 22.80778°S 43.41389°W / -22.80778; -43.41389

Location of Nilópolis City
Gericinó mountain, Mesquita City, seen from Nilópolis
Entrance to Nilópolis City

Nilópolis is a city and a municipality in Brazil, located in the Rio de Janeiro state's southwestern region, bordering São João de Meriti, Mesquita, Rio de Janeiro state. It is the smallest municipality in Rio de Janeiro state, with a population of 153,712 inhabitants living in an area of 19.16 km².

Nilópolis was part of the hereditary captainship of São Vicente that belonged to Martim Afonso de Sousa in 1531.

Nilópolis is famous for its Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Beija-Flor de Nilópolis, one of the most successful and luxurious Samba schools and usually a top contender for winning the carnival parade in Rio.

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Nilopolis or Delas was a city in Egypt situated on the left bank of the Nile, about forty-seven miles from Memphis.

It is a Roman Catholic titular bishopric and a suffragan of the metropolitan of Oxyrynchos, in Egypt.


According to Ptolemy (IV, v, 26) the city was situated on an island of the Nile in the Heraclean nome.

Eusebius (Ecclesiastical History, VI, xli) states that it had a bishop, Cheremon, during the persecution of Decius; others are mentioned a little later.

"The Chronicle of John of Nikiou" (559) alludes to this city in connection with the occupation of Egypt by the Muslims, and it is also referred to by Arabian medieval geographers under its original name of Delas. In the fourteenth century it paid 20,000 dinars in taxes, which indicates a place of some importance.

In the khedival period, Delas was a part of the moudirieh of Beni-Suef in the district of El-Zaouiet, and had about 2500 inhabitants of whom nearly 1000 were nomadic Bedouins.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed (1913). "Nilopolis". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 


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