Timok Bishopric Census of 1836 Cover Image

Попис Тимочке епископије из 1836.
Timok Bishopric Census of 1836

Author(s): Nedeljko V. Radosavljević
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Timok Diocese; The Principality of Serbia; Ottoman Empire; Universal Patriarchy; priests; monks; churches; census

Summary/Abstract: Following the expansion of the Principality of Serbia in 1833, there was a change in the Church structure, and almost half of the former Vidin Metropolitan was included in the autonomous Serbian Church. In 1834, that area was organized as the Timok Bishopric of the Serb Metropolitan, with the inclusion of smaller parts of the Belgrade Archdiocese and the Niš Metropolitan. The Church authorities found out about actual situation in the field through the 1836 Timok Bishopric Census, after the Universal Patriarchate recognized the new situation. The 1836 Census provides basic data about all priests and monks, parishes assigned to them, churches and monasteries where they serve, but also about bishops who ordained them as priests.The census was conducted by protopresvirates. By its content, the way and the time period it was conceived, it is a first rate source for the study of history, both of the autonomous Serb Metropolitan, and of the history of the Orthodox Church in the periphery of the Ottoman Empire in general. The entire Census is included here, with its text transcribed into the contemporary Serbian writing, but with preserving an authentic idiom in which it was conducted. The text has been critically edited, circumstances of the document's origin have been pointed out, places and individual persons identified, along with the basic paleographic and diplomatic description.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 28
  • Page Range: 31-61
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Serbian