Author: CHB

Egypt opens Middle East’s biggest cathedral

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has inaugurated Egypt’s largest cathedral in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a Coptic church. The newly built Cathedral of Nativity had its first Mass under heavy security on Sunday 7th January, the eve of Coptic Christmas. Copts make up about 10% of Egypt’s Muslim-majority population. Many say the state discriminates against them and does not offer them enough protection. The cathedral, located in the new Administrative Capital, built in the desert 45 kilometres, east of Cairo, was built under the supervision of the Armed Forces Engineering...

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600 year old stone carvings discovered at Dunkeld Cathedral

Stone carvings which had lain hidden for centuries have been discovered at Dunkeld Cathedral in Perthshire. A routine inspection of the site by Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) Conservation team led to the discovery of at least a dozen unrecorded carved saint-like figures. The torch-lit discovery within the obscured recesses of the tomb of Bishop Cardeny, which dates from 1420, was followed by a second, more in-depth assessment undertaken using cutting-edge 3D photogrammetric technology. A detailed 3D model was created by obtaining multiple images using cameras and mirrors, enabling a closer look at the carvings which had been previously hidden...

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Saigon cathedral restoration to extend until 2023

Ongoing renovation work on the 138-year-old Notre Dame cathedral, one of Siagon’s most famous tourist attractions, started mid-2017 and was scheduled for completion next year. However, Father Ho Van Xuan, head of the restoration project’s management board, said many parts of the cathedral have experienced deterioration beyond original estimations, so it would take more time to complete the work. Furthermore, restoration construction “must be done very carefully” to keep the original beauty of the building which is of great religious, historic and cultural importance, Xuan, a representative of the Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese, said at a recent meeting...

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Design unveiled for Emanuel AME Church Memorial

More than three years after a white supremacist opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine worshippers, an architect has revealed a design for a memorial at the church. The design by Michael Arad features two large and curving stone benches, a gentle fountain and a garden space “dedicated to life and resiliency.” Arad, along with landscape architect Peter Walker, designed the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City after he won an international design competition. The design for The Mother Emanuel Nine Memorial in Charleston “has been in the works for more...

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New images reveal revamp plan for Liverpool centre

New images showing a radical revamp to Liverpool’s historic Lime Street have been revealed. A series of CGIs depict a major redesign to create a world class “gateway experience” that includes a new public square outside Lime Street station and an expanded plateau outside St George’s Hall. The scheme is part of a wider £45m programme that will transform connectivity and how people move around Liverpool city centre – by foot, bike, car, coach and bus. Liverpool City Council has revealed the images ahead of a public information exercise on the Lime Street plans, which are central to the...

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