Our Lady of Zeitounalso known simply as El-ZeitounZeitun or rarely Our Lady of Lightwas an alleged mass Marian apparition that is supposed to have occurred in the Zeitoun district of CairoEgyptover a period of 2—3 years beginning on April 2, The first apparition at Zeitoun was recorded on the evening of April 2,when a Muslim bus mechanic named Farouk Mohammed Atwa, who worked across the street from St. Mary's Coptic Church in Zeitoun, supposedly thought he saw a woman attempting suicide by jumping from the structure.
It does not, consequently, fall into the category of buildings more than years old and protected by law. Owing, however, to its fine architecture and its being the site of an acclaimed miracle, it has become a popular attraction for pilgrims. People from all walks of life visit the church day and night, the church fathers say, so restoration was considered appropriate and, indeed, necessary.
The evening of April 2, began just like any other in Zeitoun, the sprawling suburb of Cairo. The hot, dusty streets were alive with the cacophony of horns, carts, and street peddlers making their way home through the dusky haze. Farouk Atwa—a 31 year-old construction worker—had just completed his shift in a parking garage across from St.
This church was built as a dedication for the Virgin Mary, it was the place where the holy family started their trip to Upper Egypt by boat. There were many names for this place during the history. However, the name of El Adawia Monastery has been repeated throughout the years and is still mentioned in Publications up till now.
On AprilPope Francis will become the second pope after St. John Paul II to visit Egypt. The largest Arab country, Muslim-majority Egypt is home to a large but persecuted Christian minority.
It was probably built around the AD 10th century, though it is first mentioned in writing in the early 12th century on the occasion of the consecration of the new bishop of Cairo under Macarius ' Papacy. The Church of the Virgin Mary in Haret Zuweila was founded in connection with the appointment of a new bishop of Cairo. It was destroyed inbut after being rebuilt it became the Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria.
The following week it happened again, and continued 2 or 3 times a week for a total of three years, ending in Many believed the apparition was the Virgin Mary, clothed with light. The phenomenon occurred on top of a church that is traditionally held to be a location where the Holy Family stayed during their sojourn in Egypt. The apparition was witnessed by people of every faith, including both Muslims and Christians.
He built it as a miniature of the famous Agia Sophia church in Istanbul, Turkey upon a vision he had seen in which the Holy Virgin told him that she would appear in her church at Zeitoun after forty years. The church was consecrated during the Holy Mass on Sunday 29 June According to tradition, the site is one of the locations where the Holy family stayed during their flight into Egypt.