St. Elijah Cathedral, Haifa

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St. Elijah Cathedral
كاتدرائية مار إلياس
Country Israel
DenominationCatholic (Melkite Greek Catholic rite)

The St. Elijah Cathedral[1][2] (Arabic: كاتدرائية مار إلياس‎, Hebrew: קתדרלת אליהו הנביא‎) also called St. Elias Greek-Melkite Cathedral,[3] is the name given to the Melkite cathedral in Haifa, serving the Greek-Catholics of the Byzantine rite making up the majority of Christians in both Haifa and Israel. St. Elijah Cathedral is the cathedral of the Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Akka (Archieparchia Ptolemaidensis Melchitarum), which was created by bull Episcopalis synodus of Pope Paul VI.

The cathedral was designed by architect Sammihom Atallah. The construction of the cathedral began in 1938 and ended in 1939. Since 1861 the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Akka was the church of the Virgin Mary in Haifa. After the Arab-Israeli war (between 1947-1949), most Melkites, who lived in the area, moved to the lower city of Haifa, and the bishop's chair was moved to the church St. Elijah (St. Elias).

The front of the cathedral is crowned with a cross, which is a few meters away from a small bell tower. On the portal is the biblical story of the prophet Elijah.

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  1. ^ St. Elijah Greek-Melkite Cathedral, Haifa, Israel
  2. ^ "The Catholic Church Of The Holy Land » Parishes Greek Melkite Catholic Archeparchy of Akko". Archived from the original on 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  3. ^ Daniels, Adrienne E. Hacker (2016-04-27). Communication and the Global Landscape of Faith. Lexington Books. ISBN 9781498515825.

Coordinates: 32°49′09″N 34°59′41″E / 32.8192°N 34.9947°E / 32.8192; 34.9947