Eparchy of upper Karlovac

Eparchy of upper Karlovac

The Eparchy of upper Karlovac (Serbian: "Епархија горњокарловачка" or "Eparhija gornjokarlovačka") is an eparchy of the Serbian Orthodox Church seated in the city of Karlovac, Croatia. It covers the area of Banija, Kordun, Lika, Krbava, Gorski Kotar, as well as northern Croatia and Istria.

The eparchy was gravely hit in 1993 when the old Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas and the Diocesan Residence were destroyed by the Croatians during the Croatian war of Independence.

Serbian Orthodox "Licko-Krbavska and Zrinopoljska Eparchy" was established in 1695 by metropolitan Atanasije Ljubojevic and certified by Emperor Josef I in 1707. This Eparchy (from the 19th century known as the Eparchy of Upper Karlovac) was the ecclesiastical centre of the Serbian Orthodox Church in this region. This eparchy was under jurisdiction Dabro-Bosna's metropolitan, directly under restored The Serbian Patriarch in Pec and after 1766 under new Serbian Metropolitanate of Karlovci grasping Lika, Banija and Kordun. The important Orthodox Christian monasteries in the region were "Gomirje" near Ogulin and "Komogovina" between Glina and Kostajnica.

External links

* [http://www.eparhija-gornjokarlovacka.hr/ Eparchy web site]
* [http://www.spc.org.yu/Genocid/Gornjokarlovacka/gornjoe.html The diocese of Upper Karlovac - history and destruction in war]

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