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The Tomb of Christ exhibition at the Byzantine & Christian Museum


The Byzantine and Christian Museum is hosting the temporary digital exhibition of advanced technology "The Tomb of Christ: the Monument and the Project" that runs until late January 2019 presenting the Greek-led preservation and restoration of Jesus’s tomb at the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem.

"The Tomb of Christ: the Monument and the Project" exhibition that will be open to the public until 31 January 2019 at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens uses new technologies and 3D models allowing visitors to be virtually transported to the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem to experience first-hand the restoration works undertaken by a team of experts from the National Technical University of Athens as documented by the National Geographic Society through film, print and digital platforms and discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Resurrection – one of the world’s most sacred and historic sites – in an immersive 3-D experience unlike any other.

The main focus of this interactive exhibition are the recent restoration works undertaken at Jerusalem’s Church of the Resurrection (also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre) led by a team of conservation experts from Athens’s National Technical University (NTUA), who used new technologies including LIDAR, sonar, laser scanning and thermal imaging to preserve the important site. Moreover, the project dealt with the restoration of the Aedicule, the small building within the church that was first constructed by Roman emperor Constantine the Great in the mid-4th century A.D. and is built over Jesus’ traditional crucifixion and burial site.

The first part of the exhibition presents materials from the virtual exhibition “The Tomb of Christ” held at the National Geographic (NG) Museum in Washington D.C, curated by National Geographic Society’s archaeologist, Dr. Fredrik Hiebert, and NG Museum’s Director, Mrs Kathryn Keane, whereas the second part of the exhibition presents findings from the restoration works of the Church of the Restoration by NTUA’s scientific team and their chief scientific supervisor professor Antonia Moropoulou as well as from the opening of the marble slab covering Jesus’ tomb that took place for the first time in five centuries to complete restoration works inside the sacred monument.

The exhibition, which is organized by the National Technical University of Athens and the Ministry of Culture and Sports with the support of the Greek Parliament and the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, is held under the auspices of HE the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos and with the blessings of His Beatitude, Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece as well as the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece.

More info about the Church of the Resurrection:
The Church of the Resurrection (also called the Church of the Holy Sepulchre) is a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem that according to traditions dating back to at least the 4th century contains two of the holiest sites in Christianity; the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as "Calvary" or "Golgotha", and Jesus's empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected. The tomb is enclosed by the 19th-century shrine, called the Aedicule (Edicule).

The exhibition is also under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO).

For more information about the exhibition please see here:
http://www.byzantinemuseum.gr/en/?nid=2338

Photo © Byzantine and Christian Museum

 

The Tomb of Christ exhibition at the Byzantine & Christian Museum

21/05/2018 - 31/01/2019
Location: ATTICAATTICAATHENS (ATHINA)

Hours - Comments
Date: runs until 31 January 2019¦ Location: Athens ¦ Venue: Byzantine and Christian Museum – 22 Vas. Sofias Avenue, 106 75, Athens ¦ Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm and Mondays from 12 pm to 8 pm ¦ More info: http://www.byzantinemuseum.gr/en/


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