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Malbis Memorial Church (Daphne, Alabama)

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'''Malbis Memorial Church''' is a (formally the ''Sacred Patriarchal and [[Stavropegial]] [[Monastery]] of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Presentation of Americathe Theotokos|Greek OrthodoxEntrance of the Theotokos]] '') is a church located in Baldwin County, Alabama meant to resemble the Chrysospyliotissa Church in Athens, Greece.
The church is dedicated to Jason Malbis, a Greek businessman who established a plantation in the area. His remains are interred in a crypt to the right of the [[iconostasis]].
Officially dedicated on [[January 3]], 1965, the opening service was conducted by the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of North and South America, [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America|Archbishop Iakovos]].
Canonically, the church constitutes a stavropegic institution under the authority of the [[Ecumenical Patriarch]]. It is not part of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]], although the Archbishop presumably exercises some authoirty in his capacity as [[Exarch]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Americas.
The church welcomes visitors, and its doors are open nearly every day of the year until 5:00 pm.
== External Links ==
*[ Malbis Memorial Church page on the website of the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel]
*[ Mosaics for Architecture & Fun]

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