Saint Michael of Synnada

detail of a frescoe of Saint Michael of Synnada, c.1295 by Eutychios and Michale Astrapas, church of Saint Kliment Ohridski, Ohrid, MacedoniaAlso known as

  • Michael the Confessor



Moved to Constantinople as a young man where he became a student of Saint Tarasius of Constantinople. Friend of Saint Theophylact of Nicomedia. Monk in a monastery on the Bosporus. Recalled to Constantinople by student of Saint Tarasius who ordained him. Bishop of Synnada, Phrygia (in modern Turkey) in 787. Part of the Second Council of Nicaea in 787. Imperial diplomat to caliph Harun al-Rashid in 806, to Pope Saint Leo III in 811, and Blessed Charlemagne in 812. Exiled in 814 and imprisoned in 815 by emperor Leo V for defending the use of icons.


  • 826 in Eudokiadu, Turkey of natural causes


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Michael of Synnada“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 June 2017. Web. 24 June 2021. <>