Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - A major restoration project has begun at the shrine inside Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus is said to have been buried before his resurrection. The experts involved in the work started yesterday, Monday June 6th. Greek architect Antonia Moropoulou, professor at the National Technical University of Athens, scientific coordinator of the project, said in some statements released to the media that the Aedicule structure is stable, but it needs urgent restoration, after years of exposure to environmental factors such as water, humidity and smoke candles.
The work will be carried out in the early morning or late evening, when the continuous flow of pilgrims and visitors stops. The project will cost about 3.3 million dollars and will be supported by the Catholic, the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Apostolic Church. In April, Jordan's King Abdullah II sent a substantial personal donation to the project. "His Majesty King Abdallah embodies in deeds and not just in words, the coexistence between Muslims and Christians throughout the world and especially in the Holy Land", said on the occasion Teophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, enhancing the role carried out by Jordan in the protection of the Christian presence in the Holy Land and recognizing the Hashemite sovereign the title of "guardian and custodian of Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 07/06/2016)