Orthodoxy in the Low Countries

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The return of Orthodoxy in the Low Countries occurred only in the past three centuries primarily by Greek merchant immigrants. The Low Countries is a general name for Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

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Eastern Orthodoxy is a recognized religion in Belgium since 1985, and is also taught in schools as a choice for the religion course in primary and secondary schools. The Belgian capital, Brussels, is the metropolitan seat of two archbishops, one of the Ecumenical and one of Russian Patriarchate.

The Belgian city of Antwerp has a long history with Greek immigrants. This community decided to buy a church building in 1900.


The first Orthodox since the schism settled in the Netherlands in the 17th century. The first Greek Orthodox church in traditional style was build on June 29, consecrated to Saint Nicholas of Myra, and on July 20, 2004, the first Russian Orthodox church in their traditional style was build, consecrated to Alexander Nevsky. Both churches are located in Rotterdam.