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Greek Orthodox church: The monastery of St. Catherine on Sinai, Egypt.
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Greek Orthodox church: The monastery of St. Catherine on Sinai, Egypt.

Greek Orthodox by country
Last column: % Greek Orthodox of the population
Egypt 350,000 0,5%
Israel 200,000 3,5%
Jordan 20,000 0.3%
Lebanon 1,000 <0,1%
Kuwait 5,000 0.1%
Palestine 5,000 0.2%
Saudi Arabia 30,000 0.1%
Syria 200,000 1.1%
Tunisia 1,000 <0.1%
Turkey 5,000 <0.1%
Total *) 820,000 0,2%

*) Calculated for the total population of North Africa and the Middle East, approx. 460,000,000.

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Greek Orthodox church: The church of the monastery of St. Catherine on Sinai, Egypt.

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Greek Orthodox church: Small church in Maaloula, Syria.

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Greek Orthodox church: monks serving in the monastery of St. Catherine on Sinai, Egypt.


Greek Christian church, with a presence in the Middle East going back to the earliest period in Christian history.
The Greek Orthodox (see article on the term 'Orthodox') of the Middle East have the Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa as their head.
One of the most significant religious buildings for Christianity (and Judaism, and to some extent, Islam) is maintained by the Greek Orthodox: the monastery below Mount Sinai, believed to be the place where Moses received the covenant.




By Tore Kjeilen