The Project of the Rehabilitation of Holy Sepulchre’s Holy Aedicule as a Pilot Multispectral, Multidimensional, Novel Approach Through Transdisciplinarity and Cooperation in the Protection of Monuments

  • Antonia MoropoulouEmail author
  • Manolis Korres
  • Andreas Georgopoulos
  • Constantine Spyrakos
  • Charalambos Mouzakis
  • Kyriakos C. Lampropoulos
  • Maria Apostolopoulou
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 961)


The Holy Aedicule of the Holy Sepulchre, an emblematic monument that has survived throughout the centuries, recently underwent a major and demanding rehabilitation under the responsibility of the National Technical University of Athens Interdisciplinary Team. The requirement for reinstating structural integrity to the Holy Aedicule, for preservation of the values it represents and for achieving a sustainable rehabilitation in a demanding environment, demanded a complex framework of cooperation between different disciplines and the religious and societal carriers. Innovations were developed and successfully implemented in order to assist in achieving the project goals, marking future trends in the field of monuments protection. The rehabilitation of the Holy Aedicule, through fruitful cooperation between engineering disciplines, evolved beyond a purely engineering achievement into an emblematic example of transdisciplinarity, where Holistic Innovation and Research are intertwined with Social accessibility and the Sciences of Archaeology and Theology, creating new paths into discovering the secrets of the Tomb of Christ.


Transdisciplinarity Holy Aedicule Multispectral modeling Cultural heritage protection 



The authors wish to acknowledge the leaders of the Christian communities: His Beatitude the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III; His Paternity Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who was the Custos of the Holy Land until May 2016 and is now the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; Father Francesco Patton, who has been Custos of the Holy Land since June 2016; and His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Nourhan Manougian. Contributions from all over the world secured the project’s funding. Worth noting Mica Ertegun’s and Jack Shear’s donations through World Monuments Fund, Aegean Airlines et al. Acknowledgements are attributed to the members of the Holy Sepulchre Common Technical Bureau: Th. Mitropoulos, Ph.D., the director of the Common Technical Bureau and construction site manager; O. Hamdan; C. Benelli; and I. Badalian. Acknowledgements are also attributed to everyone from the Christian Communities, the Scientific Community, the Media and the Society, who offered us the privilege to transmit and discuss the message of the monument and the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonia Moropoulou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Manolis Korres
    • 2
  • Andreas Georgopoulos
    • 3
  • Constantine Spyrakos
    • 4
  • Charalambos Mouzakis
    • 4
  • Kyriakos C. Lampropoulos
    • 1
  • Maria Apostolopoulou
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemical EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.School of ArchitectureNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.School of Rural and Survey EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece
  4. 4.School of Civil EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

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