Eg har tidlegare skrive om den planlagte restaureringa av The Edicule, det vil seia den litle bygningen (eit kapell) som står inne i Gravkyrkja der Jesu grav truleg låg. Nå har det viktige og interessante arbeidet begynt.
Den britiske nettavisa The Jewish News Online skriv i dag:
Historic renovation begins at Jesus’ Jerusalem tomb
The project focuses on repairing, reinforcing and preserving the Edicule – the ancient chamber in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
A team of experts has begun a historic renovation at the spot in Jerusalem where Christians believe Jesus was buried, overcoming longstanding religious rivalries to carry out the first repairs at the site in more than 200 years.
The project, which began on Monday, will focus on repairing, reinforcing and preserving the Edicule – the ancient chamber housing Jesus’ tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
It is the first such work at the tomb since 1810, when the shrine was restored and given its current shape following a fire.
Antonia Moropoulou, the scientific co-ordinator of the project, said the tomb is stable but is warped and needs urgent attention after years of exposure to environmental factors such as water, humidity and candle smoke.
“The marble and stone slabs have developed, due to the stresses, some deformations,” said Ms Moropoulou, an architect at the National Technical University of Athens, which is supervising the renovation. In addition, the structure needs to be protected from the risk of earthquake damage.
She said that even an iron cage around the Edicule built by English authorities in 1947 cannot bear the stress. “So another solution is needed,” she said.
The project will bolster the structure by, among other things, replacing the mortars and strengthening the columns. It is expected to take eight to 12 months, experts and church clerics said. During that time, pilgrims will be able to continue visiting the site, they said.
Some of the work is expected to take place early in the morning or late at night, when the church is closed. This quiet atmosphere will make it easier for experts to concentrate on the delicate task and help avoid disruptions for the thousands of pilgrims and tourists who visit each day.