Project Title: The Rehabilitation of the Holy Aedicule of the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem

Funded by: Donations (WMF, M. Ertegun, Religious Communities of Jerusalem, Aegean Airlines, et al.)

Description: The object of the project was the Rehabilitation of the Holy Aedicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The state of preservation of the Holy Aedicule had deteriorated due to the water and humidity transfer phenomena within, around and especially below the Aedicule structure, due to incompatible past interventions and due to the successive earthquake activity, to the extent that proper conservation, reinforcement and repair interventions were needed to rehabilitate the Holy Aedicule.

 In 2015 the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) signed a programmatic agreement with the Jerusalem Patriarchate and implemented an “Integrated Diagnostic Research Project and Strategic Planning for Materials, Interventions Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Holy Aedicule of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem”. Based on the results of the NTUA interdisciplinary team study, a historic common agreement was signed in 2016, by the three Christian Communities, Guardians of the Holy Tomb, and entrusted the NTUA interdisciplinary team with the implementation of the emblematic project of “Conservation, reinforcement and repair interventions for the rehabilitation of the Holy Aedicule” which was successfully implemented, with the scientific supervision of the NTUA interdisciplinary team. The project involved:

  • Accurate and detailed (3D) design of rehabilitation interventions
  • Estimation of required quantities of restoration materials
  • Dynamic environment for the optimization and redesign processes throughout all stages of the rehabilitation project
  • Assessment of the rehabilitation, with reference to the main goals

The NTUA interdisciplinary Team was comprised by experts from:

  • Laboratory of Material Science, School of Chemical Engineering, NTUA
  • School of Architectural Engineering, NTUA
  • Laboratory of Photogrammetry, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, NTUA
  • Laboratory of Earthquake Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, NTUA
  • Laboratory of General Geodesy, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, NTUA