The Cathedral of Saint George
Harmoniously set alongside the beautifully built Victorian Shephalbury Manor is a Cathedral that bears the name of the great martyr Saint George, who is one of the greatest intercessors amongst the Coptic faithful, as well as being the patron saint of England. While being the first Coptic Cathedral in this country, it is also the first purpose-built Coptic place of worship in the United Kingdom and only the second throughout the whole of Europe.
Built in a characteristic cross shape and traditional Coptic style and decoration, the cathedral is complimented by modern functionality which will allow worshippers and visitors to enjoy a comfortable and uplifting spiritual experience.
The new building has distinctive Coptic elements such as a vaulted roof over the length of the structure, a traditional domed Coptic bell tower with Coptic design stationed over the church and crowned with a Coptic Cross. The interior of the cathedral is decorated with an iconostasis (icon bearer) and intricate, hand-carved woodwork which has all been designed and prepared by skilled craftsmen in Egypt. It frames beautiful specially-commissioned traditional Coptic icons dedicated to the saints of the church, creating an atmosphere of holiness within the quiet and peaceful surroundings and giving the feeling of our heaven on earth.