THE VIRGIN MARY'S CHURCH AT EL-ZEITOUN
The church was built by the late Tawfeek Khalil Bey, under the supervision of the Italian architect Leomingelli in 1924, and was consecrated by Anba Athanasyous, Bishop of Beni Sweif in 1925.
It is said that the Virgin Mary appeared to the late Khalil Pasha Ibrahim and requested him to build a church after Her name in this place. She gave Her word that She would make Her apparition fifty years hence--a promise that has been realized when She made Her first apparition on April 2nd, 1968.
It is also said that a Norwegian lady, after the proclamation of the Virgin's apparition, sent a letter stating that the Virgin appeared to her in her bedroom in Oslo and told her that She appeared in Her Church at Zeitoun in the place where She and the baby Christ rested.