Saint Mary Church (Haret Elroum)

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Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church
Location Haret Elroum, Cairo
Country  Egypt
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Church
Dedication Saint Mary
Dedicated 10th century
Style Coptic
Division The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate
Bishop(s) HH Pope Tawadros II

Saint Mary Church (Haret Elroum) El-Adra-El Mughitha church is a Coptic Orthodox church in Haret Elroum (Romans ally) in Elghoureya Cairo near the St Theodore Nun's monastery.[1]

From 1660 to 1800 the church was the Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria. In 1660 Pope Matthew IV transferred the seat from Church of the Virgin Mary (Haret Zuweila) to Saint Mary Church,[2] where it remained until 1800 when Pope Mark VIII transferred the patriarchal seat to Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya).


Saint Mary Church grew in importance as the centre of the Coptic Church. Several Coptic Popes are buried in the church.


Saint Mary Church (Haret Elroum) was rebuilt several times, and in 1794 Ibrahim El-Gohary renovated the church. It was damaged by fire during the reign of Pope Mark VIII (1797–1809) but was restored and rebuilt.

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