Saturday 26 January saw Anba Pachomius Metropolitan of Beheira, Matrouh, and Pentopolis, say prayers to bless a plot of land on which a new church will be built in New Alamein on Egypt’s North Coast some 110km west of Alexandria. The church will be consecrated in the names of the Holy Virgin and Amir Tadros.
Construction has already started on the site; the foundation is being laid.
Anba Pachomius thanked President Sisi for allocating this land for the erection of a church. President Sisi had issued his directives that all new towns should include churches as well as mosques.
New Alamein is part of the mega-project to develop Egypt’s Northwest Coast some 40km inland. New Alamein is one of 15 of the so-called 4th generation cities. 4G cities are planned to be eco-friendly, using sustainable energy and excluding polluting activity. With all sorts of megaprojects planned in it, it is set to be a portal that ties North Africa to South Europe. The new city of Alamein has been planned to accommodate some 3 million people in 40 years; according to the Housing Ministry, 200,000 square metres of buildings in the city will be completed before the end of 2019.
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28 January 2019