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|Church||Bulgarian Orthodox Church (Bulgarian Exarchate)|
|Installed||16 February 1872|
|Term ended||14 April 1877|
|Predecessor||Ilarion of Bulgaria|
|Successor||Joseph I of Bulgaria|
|Birth name||Atanas Mihaylov Chalakov|
Lozengrad, Ottoman Empire
|Died||December 1, 1888 (aged 72)
|Denomination||Eastern Orthodox Church|
|Residence||Constantinople, Ottoman Empire|
Anthim I (Bulgarian: Антим I, secular name Atanas Mihaylov Chalakov, Bulgarian: Aтанас Михайлов Чалъков; 1816 – 1 December 1888) was a Bulgarian education figure and clergyman, and a participant in the Bulgarian liberation and church-independence movement. He was the first head of the Bulgarian Exarchate, a post he held from 1872 to 1877. He was also the first Chairman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria, presiding the Constituent Assembly and the 1st Grand National Assembly in 1879.
He studied in the Halki seminary (on the Princes' Islands near Constantinople), in Odessa as well as in Russia. He graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy (in Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) in 1856. He was ordained hieromonk by Metropolitan of Moscow Philaret Drozdov.
After he unilaterally declared an independent national church of the Bulgarians on May 11, 1872, he was defrocked by the Patriarchal Synod, under whose canonical jurisdiction he had been consecrated bishop. The condemnation was later affirmed at the Council in Constantinople in September the same year.
He died in Vidin in 1888 and his mausoleum can be found in the yard of the Vidin Archbishopric.