Restoring the Church of the Holy Sepulcher: ‘A Joy not a Job’ – CBN News Chris Mitchell
“Of course now we are going with bolts and anchors, titanium anchors, to readjust the marble slabs upon some mortar and concrete,” she explained. “That means we are going to ensure the structural integrity through this intervention.”
National Geographic first documented the restoration last year for a television special.
When the renovation team removed a marble slab that had been there for more than 200 years, they found a slab from the time of the Crusaders. Underneath that they found a tomb from the first century that many believe was the tomb of Jesus.
“We had, of course, to open the holy tomb in order to insulate it from the grout and to protect it,” Moropoulou explained.
“Yes, this number is S-3, E-14; that means S-3, E-14 – this, from this place of the monument,” conservator Theodoros Mavridis said.
The restoration is like putting a puzzle together. Mavridis explained how they reconstruct the marble slabs surrounding the aedicule.
“What were your feelings when – when the tomb was opened?” CBN News asked.
“Great feelings,” Moropoulou said. “We were feeling that working on the tomb of Christ, we were not in just a monument … it’s the message of resurrection. It’s the hope and the prayers of millions of people. I don’t know, but you feel when you are there, you are in the most alive place in the world.”
“For my mother and my grandmother, they feel very proud of me,” Mavridis said. “I feel very happy every day to be here and when the project is finished, then I will be more happy than ever in my life.”
The restoration is expected to be completed by Easter.