Church of Alexandria

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The Church of Alexandria in Egypt is the particular church headed by the Patriarch of Alexandria. It is one of the original four Apostolic Sees of Christianity, with Rome, Antioch, and Jerusalem (Constantinople was added later as the fifth).

The Church of Alexandria was founded by Saint Mark the Evangelist in approximately 42 AD and claims jurisdiction over all Christians on the African continent.

Today, three churches claim to be direct heirs of the original Church of Alexandria:


The Pentarchy
Patriarch of Rome
(1st century)
Patriarch of Alexandria
(1st century)
Patriarch of Antioch
(1st century)
Patriarch of Jerusalem
(5th century)
Patriarch of Constantinople
(4th century)


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