An exarchate is any territorial jurisdiction, either secular or ecclesiastical, whose ruler is called an exarch. Byzantine Emperor Justinian I created the first exarchates during his invasion of the former Western Roman Empire, and the term is still used for naming some of the smaller communities of Eastern Rite Catholics as well as Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Administration of the secular Byzantine Empire

Ecclesiastical administration


Apostolic exarchates in the Eastern Catholic churches

Maronite Catholic Patriarchal exarchates

Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal exarchates

Ukrainian Catholic Archiepiscopal exarchates

Eastern Orthodoxy

Exarchates of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

Exarchates of the Orthodox Church in America

Exarchates of the Russian Orthodox Church

See also

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