Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya)
Due to Ibrahim El-Gohary's influential position in the government and his great favor to the Muslim rulers, he was able to issue fatwas that permitted the Copts to rebuild the destroyed churches and monasteries.
This was of particular importance because the Copts were not allowed to build new churches or to repair old ones unless they got official government approval, which was rarely granted.
Ibrahim El-Gohary also donated many endowment of good land and money for the reconstruction, that amounted to 238 endowments as documented in the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate.
Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria
The cathedral served as the Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria between 1800 and 1971.
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