#408600

Anonymous

Bulgarian exarchate has interesting beginning. Essentially what created it was Turkish effort to punish the Serbs for siding with Austrians in Austro-Turkish wars and constant uprisings. The patriarchate of Pec controlled all the territories where Serbs lived previously, from central Bosnia, whole Serbia, almost whole of modern day Republic of Macedonia and small piece of modern Bulgaria. Also Serbian patriarch sided with the Austrians. In order to calm down the situation and Patriarchate of Pec was banned by the late 1700’s and all of it territory was put under the Ecumenical patriachate of Constantinople. In the following years Slavic people had no option because Ecumenical patriachate tried to Hellenize the population there, so when it appeared Bulgarian exarchate was OK solution for the Sultan not to provoke even more rebellions.