Malbis Memorial Church (Daphne, Alabama)

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Malbis Memorial Church (formally the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of the Entrance 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, 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.

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