St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Alexandria is the seat of the Pope of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The present St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral is of a recent date, but is said to stand on the site of a church founded by St. Mark himself. The Church has been rummaged and rebuilt several times throughout the centuries. Between 1950 and 1952, in the time of Pope Yosab II, the building of the church was pulled down – as it was old – and another bigger and more luxurious (efficient) basilica-styled building was built with reinforced concrete. The six marble pillars were transferred into the outer entrance of the church. The icon carrier was accurately cut into parts, each part given a number, and then it was cautiously returned to where it originally stood. Decorated with beautiful Coptic engravings, the two towers were not pulled down as they were reinforced with concrete. Two new bells – brought from Italy – were provided, one for each tower. Between 1985 and 1990, the entire area of the church was doubled; and the six pillars were transferred to the new western entrance of the church.
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