During the Ottoman rule it was placed under the jurisdiction of the patriarch of Constantinople.
However, with the demise of the Ottoman empire many independent churches emerged in eastern Europe. Remaining in communion they keep their independence.
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church as an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church was established in 865 when Boris I was baptised by Greek missionaries.
In the centuries of Ottoman yoke it was the only link with other Eastern Orthodox peoples and with European Christianity in the resistance to the Islāmic invasion.
It became independent in 1870 by a decree of the sultan and thus won the international juridical recognition of the Bulgarian nation before its political one. Read more