Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Conservation Work to Begin on the Tomb of Christ

The rock-cut tomb is enclosed in the Edicule, a small structure in the Rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, currently supported by heavy shoring installed in 1947 and in need of restoration. Photo: World Monuments Fund.
ISRAEL---World Monuments Fund announced today that it will launch the campaign to restore the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem with a major lead gift from Ioana Maria (Mica) Ertegun. The support of $1.3 million will ensure that conservation work begins immediately on a project that has been stalled for more than 50 years. The site has been accepted since the time of Constantine as the burial place of Christ. His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem said, “The Holy Sepulchre is the most sacred monument of Christianity. [link]
An exterior view of the Rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Photo: World Monuments Fund.