Coptic Orthodox Church in Europe

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria has many churches and congregations in Europe and on 2 June 1974 Pope Shenouda III has received in the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria a native Orthodox Church in France known as the French Orthodox Eparchy, along with their Primate, who in turn was accepted after consecration into the Episcopate, in the Holy Synod of the Church of Alexandria and hence was appointed their Primate Marcos (Mark), as the first Bishop and Athanasius as Chorbishop of The French Orthodox Eparchy.[1]

Currently there are many Metropolitans and Bishops serving in Europe.


Bishops in Austria:


Coptic Church in Leuven, Belgium

There is a Coptic Orthodox Church in Leuven, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Middelareskerk, it got special police protection in January 2011 in the wake of anti-Coptic attacks in Egypt. There are a few hundreds Copts in Belgium.[2]


Saint Mary & Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church.[3]


Further information: French Coptic Orthodox Church

On 18 June 1994 Pope Shenouda III raised the French Orthodox Eparchy to the full status of the French Coptic Orthodox Church

On 19 June 1994, in the presence of 62 Metropolitans and Bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Pope Shenouda III elevated Marcos (Mark) as the first metropolitan of the Holy Metropolis of Toulon & All France and Primate of the French Coptic Orthodox Church and Athanasius as the Auxiliary Bishop (assistant) to Marcos.


The French Coptic Orthodox Church has a Diocesan Bishop as well as about 11-12 Priests and several Deacons in about 12-15 parishes and missions across France.

The Church is integrated within the Church of Alexandria, but is considered autonomous in matter of governance.[1]


The Coptic Orthodox Monastery of St. Antonious in Waldsolms-Kröffelbach, Germany.


Currently, there are a few thousand Orthodox Copts in Germany, with several monasteries and churches.[4]


Pope Shenouda III, the leader of the Coptic Christian community, consecrated the first Coptic church in Hungary on Sunday 21 August 2011.The church was dedicated to Mother of God, the Holy Virgin Mary, and Archangel Michael. The church is located in Budapest and address is :1185 Budapest,Selmecbánya utca 68.



The Netherlands

There is a large Coptic Orthodox community in the Netherlands, mainly in the major cities. Currently, they have Churches in Amsterdam, Assen, Eindhoven, Enschede, The Hague, Leeuwarden and Utrecht.


Alicante, Spain There are also many Coptic communities around Spain including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga.



Two churches in Geneva and one church in Zurich

The United Kingdom and Ireland



  1. 1 2 The French Coptic Orthodox Church website
  2. French: "Menace contre l'Eglise copte: des mesures à Louvain", Belga, 6 January 2011
  3. Coptic Orthodox Church in Denmark
  4. By Location

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