This chapter examines the damage to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre caused by the fire of November 23, 1949. Because of the lack of fire fighting equipment and water supply, the fire was only put out after thirty-one hours. The fire damaged two-thirds of the woodwork and cupola. The total cost of the damage was estimated to be around £10,000. King Abdullah of Jordan offered his help to repair the church but he encountered a thankless situation that included righteously intransigent local religious communities, uncooperative parent churches and meddling Great Power patrons. The Jordanian takeover resulted in a series of conflicts.
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