Experts begin “mapping” ancient floor of Holy Sepulchre

Posted On February 17, 2020
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It’s been almost three years since the Aedicule, the chapel built over the tomb of Jesus inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, has been restored. Now, the Custody of the Holy Land is undertaking a restoration of the floor of the church.

Over the centuries, millions of people from all over the world have walked on these stones, and architects have just begun “mapping” the stones to determine their state of disrepair.

“I’m drawing the stones, stone by stone, which will then be transported from this iPad to the computer. From there we will get a technical drawing that will be used, together with the information gathered by the restorers, the geologists and those who are part of our team,” said Andrea Caligaris, of Caligaris Architects, in a video produced by the Custody of the Holy Land, the Franciscan organization charged with oversight of the holy places in the Middle East. “We will be able to understand the state of conservation, the mapping of the deterioration, the surfaces, in order to formulate a hypothesis of a restoration project.”

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