1wnc – Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem restoration halfway done

ROME – The Italian firm restoring one of Christianity’s holiest sites – the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem – says it’s more than halfway finished with the fourteen million-euro project, which has already uncovered a Crusades-era mosaic angel hidden under plaster.
Piacenti SpA, a family-run conservation firm from the Tuscan town of Prato, won the contract to restore the biblical space of Jesus’ birth and began work in two thousand-thirteenth alongside Palestinian workers.
The overhaul became required after UNESCO listed the site as endangered, with its leaky roof, rotting wood beams and centuries of built-up candle wax that blackened the brilliant mosaics ringing the interior.

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