Metropolis of Alexandroupolis, Traianoupolis and Samothrace
The Metropolis of Alexandroupolis, Traianoupolis and Samothrace is one of the metropolises of the New Lands in Greece that are within the jurisdiction of the Church of Constantinople but de facto are administered for practical reasons as part of the Church of Greece under an agreement between the churches of Athens and Constantinople. The metropolis is located in northeastern Greece.
The Metropolis of Alexandroupolis was originally under the Metropolis of Traianoupolis, later under the episcopacy of Ainou and the Metropolis of Maronias. In 1885, the city "Dedeagats" (Alexandroupolis today) split from the Metropolis of Maronias and combined with the Metropolis of Ainou.
In November of 1922, a Synodical decision was made under the Ecumenical Patriarch Meletios Metaxakis, founding the Metropolis of Alexandroupolis with various constraints.
Today the Metropolis has about 80 clerics, 61 parishes, three holy monuments, three holy monasteries, three philanthropic organisations, and 20 graveyards with churches.
The current metropolitan is His Eminence Anthimos (Koukouridis), born January 2, 1962, in Alexandroupolis. He was ordained a priest by the previous Metropolitan of Alexandroupolis, His Eminence Anthimos (Roussa) in 1989. He was elected in 1993.
List of parishes
- St Nicholas (Metropolitan)
- St Eleutherios
- St Kyriakis [www.inakalex.gr]
- The Transfiguration of Christ
- St Nektarios
- St Basil
- St Andrew
- Panagias Kosmosotiras
- St Nicholas
- St Alexandros
- Elevation of the Holy Cross (new Kosmosotiras)
- Ss. Anargyroi, Poros
- St. Demetrios, Dikella
- The Holy Monastery of St. John the Theologian (Aetohori, Evrou) - founded in 1981.
- The Holy Monastery of "Panagia of Evrou" (Makris, Alexandroupolis) - founded in 1978.
- St. Athanasios "Alonion Samothraces" – metochia of Iviron monastery at Mount Athos
- Church of Greece Website (Greek and English)
- The Metropolis of Alexandroupolis, Traianoupolis and Samothrace Official Website (Greek)