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【Close-Up Exhibition】 Discovery of Mural Mosaics at the Church of Nativity, Bethlehem - the Angels Revived -

8 December 2018 (Sat.) - 4 February 2019 (Mon.) 【Close-Up Exhibition】Discovery of Mural Mosaics at the Church of Nativity, Bethlehem - the Angels Revived -

Bethlehem is said to be the birthplace of Jesus. The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem is mainly built on ancient architectures rebuilt in the 6th century, and one of the world’s oldest existing churches. However, it was heavily damaged and has nearly collapsed due to weathering over time and repeated conflicts.
It was registered in 2012 as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the first in Palestinian territory. At the same time the risk of its collapse was of critical concern, and it was also registered on the list of World Heritage in Danger. Conservation and restoration work has been carried out by the Piacenti Restoration Center of Italy, which has extensive experience in these areas. Mural mosaics depicting angels (c.,12th century), discovered under wall plasters in 2016 attract worldwide attention. In this exhibition, the museum will introduce the significance of preservation and restoration work by Piacenti and the many discoveries made during this work, using photo panels and a video show.

EVenue Exhibition hall at the Ancient Orient Museum
Dates 8 Dec. 2018 - 4 Feb. 2019
※ Our museum will be closed from 26 December 2018 to 3 January 2019 because of New Year holidays.
Opening hours 10:00~17:00 (last admission 16:30)
* Closing time will be extended to 20:00 (last admission 19:30) on Friday 21 December and 25 January due to night lecture days.
Admission fees Adult 600 JPY | Students 500 JPY | School children 200 JPY>
¥100 discount for groups of over 20 people, half price for visitors with disabilities and free entry for one attendant.
- Elementary and junior high school students (with school ID) are free on Saturdays and Sundays.
(Price includes entry to the Museum Collections)
※ Admission fee also includes the Collection Gallery exhibition.
Exhibits panels (including some mosaic panels in their original size), video show
Collaboration Iraq Ancient Culture Research Institute of Kokushikan University
Image Provision Piacenti Restoration Center (Italy), Iraq Ancient Culture Research Institute of Kokushikan University
Photo Egisto Nino Ceccatelli and Matteo Piacenti
Video Tommaso Santi

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