Eastern Orthodoxy in Hungary

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Serbian Orthodox monastery Grábóc

Eastern Orthodox Christianity is historically one of the most important religions in Hungary. Now Eastern Orthodoxy in Hungary has been the religion mainly of some national and ethnic minorities in the country. In the 2001 national census only 15,928 persons declared themselves Orthodox Christians (0.21% of the people with declared religious affiliation and 0.15% of the whole population).

Historically the territory of Hungary has been the exclusive jurisdiction of Serbian Orthodox Church through the Eparchy of Buda, centrally located in the town of Sentandreja at Virgin's Cathedral (Belgrade Cathedral).

Now there are other jurisdictions of the Eastern Orthodox Church also active in Hungary.

The Russian Orthodox Church has the Budapest and Hungarian Eparchy headed by Archbishop Mark, whose see is in Budapest. The Budapest and Hungarian Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church has eleven parishes, with eight priests and one deacon.[1]

The Romanian Orthodox Church has the Orthodox Eparchy of Hungary headed by Bishop Silian Mănuilă, whose see is in Gyula.[2]

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has two parishes in Hungary, in Budapest and Pécs, with one priest. Both parishes are under the authority of the Bulgarian Orthodox Eparchy for Central and Western Europe.[3]

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople also maintains a presence in Hungary. The Hungarian Exarchate is part of the Metropolis of Vienna of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. They have four parishes in the country.[4]

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