Digital exhibit on Greek led restoration of Jesus’ Tomb opens in Athens

Jesus tomb

Jesus Tomb

A digital exhibit on the Greek-led preservation and restoration of Jesus’s tomb was inaugurated by the Greek President at the Byzantine and Christian Museum on Monday night.

“The Holy Sepulchre: The monument and the project” was inaugurated by President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, in the presence of Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou and other officials, and will run from now to January 31, 2019.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is built over the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. The project dealt with the restoration of the Edicule, the small building within the church that covers Jesus’s burial place, undertaken by a team of experts from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and the exhibition uses 3D models and new technology.

The project was completed in nine months and presented to representatives of the three religions managing the site, the Greek Orthodox, Catholic (Franciscan Order), and Armenian Orthodox.

NTUA Professor Antonia Moropoulou told ANA that the details of the project, which were turned over to the three communities, was being exhibited so the public could share in the process. Moropoulou expressed the hope that further work would be carried out on the rest of the Holy Sepulchre building, as it is in need of preservation. “The project must be extended into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, to allow it to survive through the ages,” she noted.

The exhibit at the Byzantine and Christian Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 8am to 8pm  and Mondays 12am to 8pm.

A: Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 22, Athina 106 75

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.