Cathedral of Evangelismos

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Cathedral of Evangelismos
Holy Cathedral Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos
  • Ιερός Καθεδρικός Ναός Ευαγγελισμού της Θεοτόκου Αλεξάνδρειας  (Greek)
Cathedral facacde with three doors, three windows, and two bell towers.
Main façade of the Cathedral of Evangelismos
Map showing location of Evangelismos Cathedral in Egypt
Map showing location of Evangelismos Cathedral in Egypt
Location in Alexandria
Coordinates: 31°11′43″N 29°53′45.42″E / 31.19528°N 29.8959500°E / 31.19528; 29.8959500
LocationAlexandria
CountryEgypt
DenominationGreek Orthodox Church
TraditionByzantine Rite
WebsiteGreek Patriarchate of Alexandria
History
StatusPatriarchal Cathedral
DedicationAnnunciation
Consecrated25 March 1856
Architecture
Architect(s)
  • Ermetes Pierotis
  • (?) Lukowitz
StyleNeo-Byzantine and Neo-gothic
Groundbreaking1847
Completed25 March 1856 (1856-03-25)
Specifications
Length41.8 metres (137 ft)
Width23.6 metres (77 ft)
Height32.4 metres (106 ft)

The Holy Cathedral Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos (Greek: Ιερός Καθεδρικός Ναός Ευαγγελισμού της Θεοτόκου Αλεξάνδρειας, translit. Ieros Kathedrikos Naos Evangelismou tis Theotokou Alexandrias) is a trilateral basilica which was founded in the middle of the 19th century in Alexandria, Egypt. Its ecclesiastical see is the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. The Holy Cathedral serves the Greek community of Alexandria. In the opinion of author Donald M. Reid, the cathedral was built in "neo-Gothic rather than neo-Byzantine style"[1] The cathedral is located in Tahrir Square, Alexandria.

The cornerstone of the cathedral was laid by Patriarch Hierotheus II on 16 November 1847. Completion of the work took nine years, which was officially marked on 25 March 1856 with a liturgy celebrated by Patriarch Hierotheus.

Restoration work was completed in December 2004 with funding from the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation. The church was rededicated on 2 April 2006 by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomewͺ and the Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Theodore II, in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias.

The church has a length of 41.80 metres, a width of 23.6 metres, and a height of 32.4 metres. The total area is 1,1155.23 square metres. The architect who conceived the church was Ermetes Pierotis; it was completed under Lukowitz. The marble iconostasis, patriarchal throne, the sedilia and the ambo were all works by the Constantinopolitan Iakovos Varoutis. For the design of the doors, windows, pews, baldachin and other sculpture the work was done by George Philippides. The gilder of the iconostasis, the throne and the ambo was Michael Larozas. The gilders of the nave were the brothers Iordanou. The icons were produced both in Egypt and in Constantinople, the windows in Paris, the clock came from London (produced by Frederick Dent, of the same family responsible for London's Big Ben), and the chandeliers came from Russia.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Donald Malcolm Reid: Whose Pharaohs? Archaeology, Museums, and Egyptian National Identity from Napoleon to World War I. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2002. ISBN 0-520-22197-4, p. 150
  2. ^ Kovačević, Dominika (1 April 2016). "Jubileusz aleksandryjskiej cerkwi Zwiastowania" [Jubilee in the Alexandrian Church of the Annunciation]. wiadomosci.cerkiew.pl.