Archy World News – Nativity in Bethlehem, wanted funds for restoration

Donors Wanted for 50 columns of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. In Rome, with the participation, among others, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, undersecretary for relations with states, has started a campaign to raise money to support the restoration of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Serve 2 million and 300 thousand euro, as mentioned by the Minister Ziad Albandak, Head of presidential committee for the restoration of the Basilica, built by the Italian PIACENTI spa.
The invitation to “take a column” is open to States, private and individual, to bring back to life the two of Justinian era rows of columns with 30 capitals, 32 of which are decorated with paintings instead crusades, in red , yellow and blue and with portraits of saints.

An oasis d peace in the conflict. In the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a group of over 20 Italian restorers are working with passion to get her back to its former glory. “We are a colony,” joked Silvio Sciortino 26 years, in his pocket a degree in conservation and restoration at the University of Palermo. “Here in Bethlehem, I seem to be at home,” says the young man at his first experience in a Middle Eastern country.

“Just arrived, their Tuscan colleagues told me: be careful! But I have set immediately. At the bottom is Bethlehem that Palermo are two market-towns. ” Many things in common, in fact, including the stunning beauty of the mosaics which also are special. “Every day – he says, perched on scaffolding, Alessandro Biagioni, 28, Florence – we make small discoveries that bring us closer to a bygone era, to the effect that they wanted to give to the pilgrims.” Splendor of colors, the details of the faces of the apostles in the nave scenes that reflect the New Testament. Strike, like the special effects of digital cinema, wet angels from light that they themselves indicate with direct hands to the large windows. The feet up on the move, as if they could really move in and out of thousands of small laminated glass tiles into gold as they are stuck 950 years. The angels were six, then during the restoration, Silvia Starinieri, a restorer who was working on it for several months, found the seventh hidden behind the stucco. The project was presented on 11 May (as he reported Avvenire) at the Delegation of the Holy Land in Rome by Fra ‘Eugenio Alliatas.

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