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I have shown already all the places I visited during my Egyptian trip and I do not know what to post. I have a lot of photos of the temples but who will be interested?

According to its tradition, the Coptic Church was established by Saint Mark, an apostle and evangelist, c. AD 42. Christianity spread throughout Egypt within half a century after Saint Mark's arrival in Alexandria.
The Coptic language is used in Coptic churches. It descends from Ancient Egyptian and uses Greek letters. According to Christian tradition and Canon Law, the Coptic Orthodox Church only ordains men to the priesthood and episcopate, and if they wish to be married, they must be married before they are ordained. In this respect, they follow the same practices as all other Oriental Orthodox Churches, as well as all of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Surveys report 4 million Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt. The leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church is known as Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of all Africa on the Holy See of St. Mark the Apostle.
His full title is Pope, Patriarch and Lord Archbishop of the Great City of Alexandria on the Holy Orthodox and Apostolic Throne of Saint Mark the Evangelist and Holy Apostle that is, in Egypt, Pentapolis, Libya, Nubia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and all Africa. (after Wikipedia)

The typical form of the "Coptic cross" used in the Coptic Church is made up of two bold lines of equal length that intersect at the middle at right angles. Each line terminates in three points, representing the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Altogether, the cross has 12 points symbolizing the Apostles, whose mission was to spread the Gospel message throughout the world.

The St. Shenouda cathedral is located in El Dahar area of Hurghada and belongs to the Coptic Orthodox community. It appears to be quite modest from the outside, but inside the architecture is intricate and interesting.

I visited this church on my way to the Beduin village. I was lucky that I could not only see the interior but also witness the celebrations. The most interesting part was when at the end of the service the priest had a chalice and there was a long queue of women, whom he gave something with the same spoon. Horrifying in the time of the pandemic.

The wider view of the interior and the exterior view in two Workshops. Better see in the large format.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13572 W: 141 N: 35185] (158644)
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