An exarchate is any territorial jurisdiction, either secular or ecclesiastical, whose ruler is called an exarch. Byzantine Emperor Maurice created the first exarchates in the recently reconquered provinces of the former Western Empire. 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

The 2 Eastern Roman Exarchates in 600 A.D.

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


  1. ^ Gasparri, Stefano (21 November 2017). "Chapter 1: The First Dukes and the Origins of Venice". Venice and Its Neighbors from the 8th to 11th Century. Brill. pp. 5–26. ISBN 978-90-04-35361-9. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
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