Abkhazian Orthodox Church

The Abkhazian Orthodox Church (Russian: Абхазская Православная церковь) is an Eastern Orthodox church outside the official Eastern Orthodox ecclesiastical hierarchy. It came into existence when the Sukhumi-Abkhazian Eparchy declared on 15 September 2009 that it no longer considered itself part of the Georgian Orthodox Church and that it was "re-establishing the Catholicate of Abkhazia disbanded in 1795".[2] Vissarion Aplaa is the Primate of the Abkhazian Orthodox Church since 2009 and is the self-proclaimed catholicos of the Church. It has two eparchies (dioceses) in Pitsunda and Sukhumi and is organized in 9 parishes.

Abkhazian Orthodox Church
Абхазская Православная церковь
Pitsunda Cathedral, or St. Andrew the Apostle Cathedral, main seat of the Abkhazian Orthodox Church
AbbreviationAOC
TypeEastern Orthodox
ClassificationIndependent Eastern Orthodox
PrimateVissarion Aplaa
Bishops2
Parishes144
Monasteries2 [1]
LanguageAbkhaz, Russian
HeadquartersSukhumi
TerritoryAbkhazia
Independence15 September 2009
RecognitionNone
Separated fromGeorgian Orthodox Church
Official websiteaiasha.ru
Abkhazian Orthodox Church in Sukhumi, capital of Abkhazia