Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, Alexandria

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Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral is a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt. It is the historical seat of the Pope of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The cathedral is said to stand on the site of the church founded by St. Mark the Evangelist in AD 60.
St. Mark the Evangelist (author of the second Gospel) has been connected with the city of Alexandria since earliest Christian tradition. Coptic Christians believe he arrived in Alexandria around AD 60 and stayed for about seven years.
During this time, Mark converted many to Christianity and performed many miracles. He is considered the founder of the church in Alexandria and the first Bishop of Alexandria. According to tradition, St. Mark was arrested during a festival of Serapis in AD 68 and martyred by being dragged through the streets. He was buried under the church he had founded.
In 828, relics believed to be the body of St. Mark were stolen from Alexandria by Venetian merchants and taken to Venice. Copts believe that the head of St. Mark remains in a church named after him in Alexandria, and parts of his relics are in St. Mark's Cairo's Cathedral. The rest of what are believed to be his relics are in the St Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy. Every year, on the 30th day of the month of Paopi, the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates the commemoration of the consecration of the church of St. Mark, and the appearance of the head of the saint in the city of Alexandria. This takes place inside St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, where the saint's head is preserved.
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  • To be in the Islamic country is a very pretentious feeling. I put my passport in, it was like, but I felt like I could trust it.
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  • In Arabic we call it AL MORKOSEYA Please google the name as there is so much history about this church that has been built on the old church and I do not want to miss something while writing this revi...  more »
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  • Cathedral of Coptic orthodox church in Alexandria .. Huge beautiful place containing the shrine of Saint Mark where his skull was buried. It is one of the oldest churches in the world.
  • An adorable old classic cathedral A very warm Coptic church
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