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Sightseein - El-Adra Church

El-Adra (The Virgin's) Church
Haret Zuweila, Off Al-Moez L-din-Ellah Street
Near Bab Zuweila
Khurunfish District

El-Adra Church dates back to the 8th century and was the seat of the Coptic Patriarchy from the 14th to the 18th century. The church contains a number of valuable icons including one of the Annunciation dating from 1335. The central sanctuary holds 13 icons, with the Virgin in the center and the 12 apostles on either side. The southern sanctuary is dedicated to the Archangel Gabriel and has an iconostasis with 7 ancient icons. Also in the southern sanctuary is a water well which is believed to have miraculous curing powers. The church is 5 m below ground level.






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