St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church Massarra
|Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church|
|Denomination||Coptic Orthodox Church|
|Founder(s)||Pope Cyril V of Alexandria|
|Division||The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate|
|Bishop(s)||HG Bishop Makary, General Bishop for Southern Shobra|
St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church Massarra is a Coptic Orthodox church located in Shubra District, Cairo, Egypt. It was built during the time when Pope Cyril V of Alexandria was Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church and inaugurated in 1924.
History of the land
Search began for land in an appropriate place and there were a lot of lands offered for sale but there was an agreement on a land owned by Saada Kanary pasha located in Massarra street. The purchase contract was signed on 3 April 1923. The Royal Decree No.56 dated 11 July 1923 was signed by his Majesty Fuad I king of Egypt authorised building the church. A preach wooden chamber was temporarily constructed on the land. It was inaugurated by Pope Cyril V on Tuesday, 6 November 1923. The preach in the chamber continued until the architectural drawings and designs were completed. Archbishop Sidrus Gahli prayed the first mass in the church on Palm Sunday on 12 April, in 1925 while the constructing was still going.
the church has a lot of extensions like:
- the Services Building.
- St.Mary's Hall.
- Saint George's Club.
- St. Mary's Computer Centre.
- Marcelino's Puppets Theatre.