News

Egypt’s President El-Sisi Inaugurates the Largest Cathedral in the Middle East

mm
Egypt’s President El-Sisi Inaugurates the Largest Cathedral in the Middle East

The newly built church can hold 8,000 people. Photo credit: AFP

Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah El Sisi along side Pope Tawadros II inaugurated the largest cathedral in the Middle East on 6 January located in the New Administrative Capital on the outskirts of Cairo right in time for the Coptic Christmas celebrations.

Official spokesman of the Coptic Church, Paul Halim, revealed that the church’s inauguration also hosted a Christmas mass. Those who attended the mass registered beforehand.

Pope Tawadros II (L) led a midnight mass attended by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo credit: EPA

The cathedral is officially called ‘Cathedral of the birth of Christ’ and can 8,000 to 9,000 people.

Located east of the exhibition project EXPO  and south of the central park, the edifice, sprawled over a surface of  7,500 square meters, will be home to several features including papal headquarters, administrative offices, a main square, papal headquarters, and a reception hall.

Photo credit: APF/Getty Images

The Coptic Church, which brought Christianity to Egypt in the first century AD, celebrates Christmas on January 7 every year. It follows the old system that the Roman Catholic Church abandoned when it adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1582.

It is estimated that about 10 percent of Egypt’s population are Copts.

The new administrative capital was announced in March of 2015, and it is currently being constructed in the desert 45 kilometers east of Cairo.

It is part of the government’s plan to more evenly distribute its 95-million strong population across the country’s vast desert land, hoping to decrease traffic congestion, population density and ease the burden on the urban infrastructure.

It is set to include residential districts, solar plants, hospitals, an international airport as well as the nation’s upcoming largest mosque, “Al-Fattah Al-Aleem Mosque”, accommodating twice as many people as the cathedral.

African Cup Host Decision by Jan 9, Egypt Competes with SA
Sherine Abdel-Wahab Faces Charges Again For Mocking Egypt

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt Brokers Ceasefire in Gaza as 31 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Strikes

Zeina Hanafy7 August 2022

New Saudi Egyptian Investment Company to Attract $10 Billion Investments

Egyptian Streets6 August 2022

Israel Launches Airstrikes, Killing 10 and Injuring 75 Palestinians

Egyptian Streets6 August 2022

US Kills Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Drone Strike

Zeina Hanafy2 August 2022

Hamdy Abdelwahab Becomes First-Ever Egyptian to win UFC

Marina Makary1 August 2022

Egypt Submits Formal Rejection of Ethiopia’s Dam Filling to UN

Salma Hamed30 July 2022

Egypt’s Public Prosecution Denies Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah’s Mistreatment in Prison

Farah Rafik30 July 2022

Indian Company to Build $8 Billion Green Hydrogen Factory in Egypt

Egyptian Streets29 July 2022