Religious group Population Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Bulgarian Orthodox Christians 6,552,751 MuslimsMuslims 966,978 Roman Catholic Christians Roman Catholic Christians 43,811 Protestant Christians Protestant Christians 42,308 JewsJews 8,000 Other 14,937
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church considers itself an inseparable member of the one, holy, synodal and apostolic church and is organized as a self-governing body under the name of Patriarchate.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in Europe.
The Monastery of Saint John of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the northwestern Rila Mountains, 117 km south of the capital Sofia. Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments. It is on account of this also a key tourist attraction in Bulgaria.
Dryanovo monastery The Dryanovo Monastery is a functioning Bulgarian Orthodox monastery situated in the central part of Bulgaria five kilometers away from the town of Dryanovo. It was founded in the 12th century, during the Second Bulgarian Empire, and is dedicated to Archangel Michal.
Bachkovo Monastery The Bachkovo Monastery in Bulgaria is an important monument of Christian architecture and one of the largest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe. The monastery is known and appreciated for the unique combination of Byzantine, Georgian and Bulgarian culture, united by the common faith.
The Muslim population of Bulgaria, including Turks, Muslim Bulgarians, Pomaks, Roma, and Crimean Tatars, lives mainly in northeastern Bulgaria and in the Rhodope Mountains. According to the 2001 Census, the total number of Muslims in the country is 12.2% of the whole population of the country.
Roman Catholicism is the third largest religious congregation in Bulgaria, after Eastern Orthodoxy and Islam. It has roots in the country since the Middle Ages and is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome.
The first Jews appeared in the Balkans as early as the 2nd century, after the conquest of their lands by Rome. This had been recorded on a tombstone found near the town of Nikopol by the Danube river
The really large influx of Jews to the Balkans began after 1492, when they were driven away from Spain. At this particular point, the Turkish sultan allowed the refugees to settle in the Ottoman Empire, and they were tolerantly treated both by the authorities and by the population of the Peninsula as a whole. These migrants now constitute 90 per cent of the Bulgarian Jews.
Bulgaria is tolerant to all the religious communities that live together in friendship Bulgaria is tolerant to all the religious communities that live together in friendship