In the Church of the Nativity archaeologists have found the font of the era of Emperor Constantine
In the course of restoration works carried out in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, has been discovered the baptistery Dating from the Byzantine period. This was told at a special press conference the head of the presidential Committee for the restoration of the Church Ziad al-Bandak, reports News.ru.
“The font was found in the southern corridor in the southern part of the Church. But at a preliminary stage of the work within it was discovered another octagonal font, carved from the same material as the pillars of the Temple”, – quotes its Agency Wafa. This means that the font can be dated to the time of the erection of the Church.
Al-Bandak said that there are archaeological and historical research, the purpose of which is to learn more about the history of the Church. As for the fonts – it will be restored in accordance with strict international standards, with participation of foreign specialists.
The official said that the ceremony in honor of the completion of the restoration, initially planned for 2018, postponed to 2020. This is done to ensure that representatives of different faiths could spend the restoration of the grotto of the Nativity.
The Church of the Nativity was built in the early IV century BC on the orders of Emperor Constantine the Great and his mother Elena at the place where, as Christians believe, Jesus Christ was born. It is the oldest Church in the world where is not interrupted services.
In 2012, the Temple was listed as world cultural heritage by UNESCO, thus opening the list of objects located on the territory of the “state of Palestine”. The Church also entered the list of monuments at risk of destruction.
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