Program Background

The Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Nativity Church was established in 2009 with the

blessing of the three churches and a mandate to carry out a scientific restoration program of the Holy Church. An international bid for the assessment study and the establishment of the restoration program was launched in August 2009, with bids received in December 2009.

The contract was awarded in June 2010 to an international consortium of Italian Universities and Research Centers (University of Ferrara, Siena, Roma-La Sapienza, Naples, CNR Ivalsa) led by CFR-Italy and supported locally by Community Development Group (CDG)-Bethlehem. The studies commenced late September 2010 with the final studies / report including the conservation plan submitted in February 2011.

The Presidential Committee reviewed the report through independent auditors and worked on securing the necessary funds to launch an international restoration bid in April 2013 for the first Phase of works that included the Roof and Windows. The contract was awarded to Piacenti – Italy and the construction management to Community Development Group (CDG)– Bethlehem supported by the previous study consortium.

The restoration commenced formally in September 2013, and since then additional funds were secured. Several other Phases were introduced to the ongoing restoration contract based on the elements and priorities defined in the project final report.