List of Patriarchs of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church

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Listed are the Patriarchs of All Bulgaria, heads of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Title Name Birth name Office Seat
Archbishops of Drastar (870–919)
Archbishop Georgius 870 – c. 886 Drastar
Archbishop Joseph I the Confessor c. 886 – early 10th century Drastar
Archbishop Leontius I 917–919 Preslav
Patriarchs of Bulgaria (919–1018)
Patriarch
uncanonical title – not recognized
by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Leontius I 919 -927 Preslav
Patriarch
title was canonical recognized
by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Dimitrius I c. 927 – c. 930 Preslav
Patriarch Sergius c. 931 – c. 940 Preslav
Patriarch Gregorius I c. 940 – c. 944 Preslav
Patriarch Damian c. 944 – c. 972 Preslav, Dosorostol, Sredets
Patriarch Germanus I c. 972 – c. 990 Sredets, Voden, Maglen, Prespa
Patriarch Nicolaus c. 991 – c. 1000 Prespa (?)
Patriarch Philip c. 1000 – c. 1015 Ohrid
Patriarch David c. 1015 – 1018 Ohrid
After the fall of the First Bulgarian Empire under Byzantium domination in 1018 the church was deprived of its Patriarchal title and reduced to the rank of an autocephalous Bulgarian Archbishopric of Ohrid under the tutelage of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople until 1767.


See the List of archbishops of the Archbishopric of Ohrid.

Archbishops of Tarnovo (1186–1235)
Primate
title was canonical recognized
by pope Innocent III in 1204
Vasilius I
1186–1232 Tarnovo
Primate Joachim I 1232–1246 Tarnovo
Patriarchs of Bulgaria (1235–1393)
Patriarch
title was canonically recognized
by the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchs in 1235
St. Joachim I 1235–1246 Tarnovo
Patriarch Visarion c. 1246 Tarnovo
Patriarch Vasilius II 1246 – c. 1254 Tarnovo
Patriarch Vasilius III c. 1254 – 1263 Tarnovo
Patriarch Joachim II 1263–1272 Tarnovo
Patriarch Ignatius 1272–1277 Tarnovo
Patriarch St. Macarius 1277–1284 Tarnovo
Patriarch Joachim III 1284–1300 Tarnovo
Patriarch Dorotheus 1300 – c. 1315 Tarnovo
Patriarch Romanus c. 1315 – c. 1325 Tarnovo
Patriarch Theodosius I c. 1325 – 1337 Tarnovo
Patriarch Joannicius I 1337 – c. 1340 Tarnovo
Patriarch Simeon c. 1341 – 1348 Tarnovo
Patriarch Theodosius II 1348–1363 Tarnovo
Patriarch Joannicius I 1363–1375 Tarnovo
Patriarch Euthymius of Tarnovo 1375–1394 Tarnovo
Exarchs of Bulgarians (1872–1915)
Exarch
title was granted by a decree (firman) of the Sultan, promulgated on 28 February 1870.
Unrecognized by
the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Ilarion Ivan Ivanov 12 February 1872 – 16 February 1872 Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Exarch Antim I Atanas Mihaylov Chalakov 16 February 1872 – 14 April 1877 Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Exarch Joseph I Lazar Yovchev 24 April 1877 – 20 June 1915 Istanbul, Ottoman Empire; Sofia, Bulgaria
Vicars – Chairmen of the Holy Synod (1915–1945)
Metropolitan Parthenius Petar Popstefanov Ivanov Popov 1915–1918 Sofia
Metropolitan Vasilius of Dorostol-Cherven Vasil Mihaiylov 1918–1921 Sofia
Metropolitan Maxim of Plovdiv Marin Penchov Pelov 1921 – 28 March 1928 Sofia
Metropolitan Clement of Vratsa Grigoriy Ivanov Shivachev 28 March 1928 – 3 May 1930 Sofia
Metropolitan Neophyte of Vidin Nikola Dimitrov Karaabov 4 May 1930 – 15 October 1944 Sofia
Metropolitan Exarch Stefan I of Bulgaria Stoyan Popgeorgiev Shokov 16 October 1944 – 21 January 1945 Sofia
Exarchs of Bulgarians (1945–1948)
Exarch Exarch Stefan I of Bulgaria Stoyan Popgeorgiev Shokov 21 January 1945 – 6 September 1948 Sofia
Vicars – Chairmen of the Holy Synod (1948–1953)
Metropolitan Mihail of Dorostol Dimitar Todorov Chavdarov 8 November 1948 – 4 January 1949 Sofia
Metropolitan Paisius of Vratsa Alexandar Raykov Ankov 4 January 1949 – 3 January 1951 Sofia
Metropolitan Cyril of Bulgaria Konstantin Markov Konstantinov 3 January 1951 – 10 May 1953 Sofia
Patriarchs of Bulgaria (1953–Present)
Patriarch
title was recognized
by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Cyril of Bulgaria Konstantin Markov Konstantinov 10 May 1953 – 7 March 1971 Sofia
Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria Marin Naydenov Minkov 4 July 1971 – 6 November 2012 Sofia
Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria Simeon Nikolov Dimitrov 24 February 2013 – Present Sofia

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