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|Plate 11 from Die Bulgaren in ihren historischen, ethnographischen und politischen Grenzen by Ishirkoff & Zlatarski||Index no. 0048:0011|
The green-bordered text below is is the English version of the explanatory text, from the page facing the map. Another page on this site gives the full text in German, English, French, and Bulgarian.
As mentioned, Emperor Basil II1 had acknowledged the full independence of the Bulgarian National Church inside its old boundaries by special edicts. The representative of this church bore furthermore the adjective "Autocephalus" and the title "Archbishop of all Bulgaria", and had his seat at Ochrida. On this account the Archbishopric of Ochrida is recognised as a continuation of the former Patriarchate of Drister and of Preslaw (at the time of the Czars Simeon and Peter) which had been abolished in so arbitrary a manner by the Byzantine Emperor John Zimiskes. After the subjection, Basil II recognised the rights of the Bulgarian National Church in three edicts, directed to the first Archbishop of Ochrida, the Bulgarian monk Iwan; this one (who was born at Debr) was elected by the bishops and sanctioned by Basil in the year 1020. According to the text of these edicts the following eparchates belonged to the Patriarchate of Ochrida:
1. Ochrida, 2. Kostur, 3. Glawinitza, 4. Moglen, 5. Pelagoni (Bitolia, Monastir), 6. Strumiiza, 7. Morowisd (Bregalnitza), 8. Welbuschd (Küstendil), 9. Triaditza (Sofia), 10. Nisch, 11. Branitschewo, 12. Belgrad, 13. Trap (Srem), 14. Skopie (Uejkub), 15. Prisren, 16. Liplian, 17. Raschka, 18. Orey, 19. Bdin (Widin), 20. Kosil, 21. Tschernitza, 22. Drinopol (Argyrokastro), 23. Botruit, 24. Chimara, 25. Janina, 26. Staj, 27. Petrska, 28. Servia (Selfidsche), 29. Wereja (Karaferija), and 30. Dristar (under this name, all eparchies of North-Bulgaria were known).
This numbering finds itself on the map too. The question mark behind several of the numbers means that the position of the eparchate concerned is not, as yet, fixed accurately.
Keywords: Bulgaria – Ochrida – Bulgaria
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