The restoration project at the the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus has already uncovered a Crusades-era mosaic
The Italian firm restoring one of Christianity’s holiest sites — the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem — says it’s more than half-way finished with the €14 million-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 place of Jesus’s birth and began work in 2013 alongside Palestinian workers.
The overhaul became necessary 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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