The Holy Metropolis of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands in cooperation with the Union of Christian Scientists organised an event with main speaker mrs. Antonia Moropoulou, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineers of National and Technical University of Athens in the afternoon of Monday, October 3oth, 2017. She is responsible for the restoration work at the Tomb of Jesus. The subject of the Speech was the following: ” The restoration work at the Tomb of Jesus inside the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem”.
The General Prelatic Warden of the Holy Metropolis, father Themistoklis Mourtzanos opened the event, conveyed the greetings of the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands mr. Nektarios. He also emphasised the importance of the restoration work inside the Church of Holy Sepulchre which is a monument not only of Christianity but also of Humanity.
Following his speech, talked mrs. Moropoulou who developed her speech, underlying the target and the interdisciplinary research methodology conducted by the team of National and Technical University of Athens through the documentation, diagnosis and proposal, that is the continuous informing of the three main religious communities, Orthodox, Roman Catholics and Armenians, as well as the organization of scientific and institutional dialogue, for taking the most appropriate decision. The restoration took place with much attention and care for the historic place. The constant worshipping of the Tomb of Jesus was of crucial importance.
The project began in July, 2016 and finished in March, 2017. It is worth mentioning that every aspect of the project was transmitted through National Geographic in real time, in every part of the world. The Edicule was restored in the afternoon of October, 26th, 2016. The project was funded by donations. The main goals were to maintain the values, structural integrity and sustainability.
In the end, mrs.Moropoulou stressed the fact that Jesus’s tomb is an alive monument that speaks to every part of humanity. It constitutes a centre of ecumenical, regional, scientific and cultural interest, centre of regional worshipping, research and innovation.
It should be noted that the event was attended by the deputy dean of Ionian University, mr. Theodoros Pappas, the president of the local Technical Educational Schools, mr. Nikolaos Triantos and mrs. Evi Polimeri, representative of the Union of Christian Scientists who also addressed the event.