The Greek population of Alexandria, Egypt, once numbered some 150,000. Traders, businessmen, philanthropists and artists moved among the cosmopolitan society of Alexandria. Their legacy is still to be seen today, not only in their historical influence, their writings, teachings and their influence on the society of Egypt and Greece, but also in the structures which they designed and built - hospitals, churches, schools, public buildings and mansions.
Sadly, the Hellenic community of Alexandria has dwindled to a mere 800 and many of the businesses, clubs, hospitals and schools have closed, but many of the churches and grand neo-classical buildings remain.
The Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa has its historical base in Alexandria where it was founded by the Apostle St. Mark in 63 AD. The Patriarchate is responsible for the spiritual and religious well-being of some 150,000 Greeks living in Africa as well as a further 500,000 of the Orthodox Christian faith throughout the region.
The Hellenic Community of Alexandria (EKA) aims to ensure the best possible opportunities and conditions for the continuation of Hellenism in Egypt and cultivate cultural exchange between Greece and Egypt. To this end EKA proposes the foundation and operation of a School of Archaeological and Classical Studies bearing the name "Alexander the Great" within the buildings of the last Greek Quarter of Chatby, Alexandria - an area of 40,000 square metres, entirely owned by the Hellenic Community of Alexandria.