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Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity getting much-needed facelift

The church was built 1,500 years ago. The roof hasn't been repaired for 150 years. But fixing it is more like archeology than carpentry.

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Inside the church

Actually, the roof has not undergone major repairs in more than 500 years, reports Robert Berger of the Voice of America, “because of a feud among the three Christian denominations that control the church — the Catholics, Greek Orthodox and Armenians. But in the spirit of goodwill for Christmas, they put their differences aside.”


However, such a project is more archeology than carpentry. That’s why

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a Canadian aeronautical engineer and digital imaging expert Sorin Busuioc has been brought in.

“It’s a very, very special site. It’s famous — and I’m not speaking just about Christianity here, but world heritage. It’s extraordinary,” he told Randy Boswell of the Canadian daily National Post.

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