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Restoration works beneath rotunda of Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem

The inauguration of restoration works beneath the rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem took place on Monday morning.

The project is a continuation of the restoration of the Sacred Edicule, which was completed four years ago. The current work shares the agreement of the Three Major Communities, the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Custody of the Holy Land of the Franciscans and the Patriarchate of the Armenians in Jerusalem, who have the responsibility of the Status Quo. The work has been undertaken by the University Sapienza of Rome.

According to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the project includes restoration or replacement works of the damaged floor tiles on the north part of the rotunda and excavations of its underground area, beneath the Seven Arches and in front of the Sacred Edicule. It is scheduled for completion within 26 months and will be funded by sponsors and donors.