The Hague, Netherlands, April 3, 2018
His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of the Western and Central European Diocese of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church signed documents for the purchase of a new church building in The Hague, The Netherlands, on March 28. The building will be managed and used by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, reports Doors to Orthodoxy.
Funds for the purchase of the property were granted by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The terms of the contract include the requirement for the building to continue to function as a church—it has already been in use by the Bulgarian Church community. The diocese plans to repair the property and arrange it according to Orthodox canons for a church building.
The Bulgarian community in The Hague was founded in 2000, and the parish is a member of the Orthodox association of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Bulgarian parish communities in Western Europe typically use buildings granted by local church communities, most often by Roman Catholics, only the Bulgarian church in Budapest being built as an Orthodox Church, 100 years ago. The church in The Hague was acquired from a local Protestant community.