Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Heliopolis)

The domes of Saint Mark's Church, standing over the horizon. St. Mark's Church is the oldest church in Cairo's district of Heliopolis.

St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church is the first Coptic parish that was built and established in the district of Heliopolis in Cairo, Egypt.[1] Being one of several Coptic Orthodox Churches in Heliopolis, St. Mark's Church is specifically located on Cleopatra Street, near the Cleopatra Hospital.[2]

Early history

Establishment

The idea of establishing a church in Heliopolis started out in 1917. A committee was formed, and eventually, the cornerstone was founded on Friday, June 16, 1922, under the papacy of Pope Cyril V. Prayers were held in a temporary location and started in January 1925. This was the case until 1930, when the construction was finally complete. The late Fr. Ibrahim Luke served as the first priest, and was at St. Mark's Church until he died in 1950. Today, there are at least ten priests that serve Saint Mark's Church alone.[3]

Endownment lands

Some of the adjacent land was purchased in 1948 to build the church hall and chapel. It was opened by Pope Cyril VI on June 5, 1964, and the new altar was consecrated, bearing the name of Saint Menas.

Contact information

The following lines are the contact details for Saint Mark's Church:[4]

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church
Cleopatra Street, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt
Phone/fax: +2 02 285 4509

Papal visits

As Saint Mark's Church has had a long history, there were several occasions upon which there were Papal visits made by different Coptic Popes. Among them are:

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ The official website of St. Mark's Church (Heliopolis). Accessed August 23, 2008.
  2. ^ Egypt Daily News. Egypt's Hospitals. Accessed August 23, 2008.
  3. ^ English El Keraza. Dated March 7, 2007. Accessed August 23, 2008
  4. ^ Yahoo Travel. Coptic Orthodox Church of Saint Mark. Accessed August 23, 2008.