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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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Monsignor Testa’s Temple

Monsignor Testa’s Temple

(p.64) Chapter Five Monsignor Testa’s Temple
Saving the Holy Sepulchre

Raymond Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the reconstruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre commissioned in July 1938 by Archbishop Gustavo Testa. The plan involved the demolition of the entire Holy Sepulchre complex and construction of a grandiose edifice surrounded by a broad piazza. Testa's revisionist architectural vision was vehemently opposed in Catholic circles. The reconstruction plan met various criticisms and it was also affected by the war.

Keywords:   Church of the Holy Sepulchre, church reconstruction, Gustavo Testa, church architecture, war

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