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Saving the Holy SepulchreHow Rival Christians Came Together to Rescue Their Holiest Shrine$
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Raymond Cohen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189667

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189667.001.0001

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Saving the Holy Sepulchre

Raymond Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the repair of the damage to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre caused by the July 1927 earthquake. An evaluation by the Palestinian Department of Public Works (DPW) stated that the stones of the church might collapse or overturn. The British colonial government immediately committed the Palestinian government to undertaking the repairs. The repair work involved a lot of discussions on legal responsibility, ultimate ownership of the church and liability for funding any work carried out. After the issues were settled, the DPW proceeded with the repair of the Katholikon and the cupola. However, a 1933 report by William Harvey revealed that the church was structurally in imminent danger.

Keywords:   Church of the Holy Sepulchre, church repair, Department of Public Works, Palestine, colonial government, Katholikon, cupola, William Harvey

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