Progress

List of Restoration program achievements

1.        The roof works:

a.   The whole roof was covered with new lead sheets with a total area of 1625m2.

b.  Less than 8% of the wood trusses have been replaced with ancient wood brought from Italy.

c.   The seismic performance of the basilica had been improved by adding seismic steel connectors.

2.        Wooden windows:

  All Church’s 42 deteriorated wooden windows were replaced with new wooden windows with UV double glass.

3.        Narthex works:

a.   The three damaged cross vaults of the Narthex area were restored and consolidated and a new steel structure was installed to bear the new roof floor and to connect the opposite facades (The Basilica & the Narthex facades)

b.  By the completion of the consolidation of the Narthex cross vaults, it was able to remove the huge wooden propping placed inside the Narthex since 1930s duration the British mandate.

4.        The Narthex eastern door and the Basilica metal doors:

a.   The carved Narthex eastern wooden door has been renovated and consolidated.

b.  The metal doors of the basilica have been restored including the main church access door “The door of Humility”, and the three doors leading to the three convents.

5.        The consolidation of the internal plastering:

3365m2 of the internal plastering have been consolidated including the replacement of the cement patches with a compatible lime plastering layers.

6.        Wall mosaics:

The whole wall mosaic with a total area of 125m2 was renovated including consolidation and cleaning works. (92m2 at the central nave & 33m2 at the transepts and apse).

7.        The external stone facades:

The total area is 2947m2

                            i.         928 m2 already renovated (about 30%) Urgent areas.

                          ii.         606 m2 already renovated related to the front façade “western elevation”

                       iii.         366 m2 already renovated at the Northern facade

                        iv.         473 m2 already renovated at the Eastern façade.

                          v.         574 m2 at the southern facade are under restoration and planned to be completed by the end of September 2017.

8.        Wooden Architrave over the stone capitals:

52 segments of the wooden architraves with a total length of 154m were renovated. The works include the replacement of the most deteriorated inner parts and the consolidation of all decorative outer surfaces.

 

 

9.        Stone columns and the paints on columns (on going):

a.      The Church consists of 50 stone columns, 32 of which have paints representing one of the saints.

b.     The restoration of one column is already completed.

c.      The restoration of other fifteen columns is under restoration and expected to be completed by the end of November 2017.

 

10.  Electrical works (on going):

The electrical works include the installation of the smoke detection and the lighting systems. The works are expected to be completed by the end of September 2017.

 

 

  

·        Chronological Progress Report

·        Brief Progress report

·        Unfunded priority Works