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Levant Foundation announces support for restoration of the Church of the Nativity

In 2018, the Levant Foundation announced financial support towards the restoration efforts for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, one of the world’s oldest sites of worship. The Church, first built in the 4th century under the auspices of Constantine the Great, marks Christianity’s holiest site: the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

The Levant Foundation’s support will aid the restoration of eleven of the elaborate Corinthian columns in the Church’s nave. Restoration works commenced in September 2013 and expected to finish in August 2019 and include the renewal of the Church’s mosaic floors and walls, additional columns, and replacement of its roof and windows. The works are being executed by the Palestinian Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Church of Nativity.

The Bethlehem Development Foundation, founded by the late Said Khoury in 2011 and currently led by his son Samer Khoury, has played a major role in regenerating Bethlehem and supporting the Nativity Church restoration efforts with unwavering commitment. The Levant Foundation is proud to play a small role in these incredible endeavors.

This extensive restoration project is being done in accordance with the American Friends of the Bethlehem Development Foundation (AFBDF), a U.S. 501(c) (3) nonā€profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the Holy Region of Bethlehem.

The Levant Foundation hopes that this ambitious undertaking helps raise awareness not only of the Church’s storied history, but of the importance of maintaining holy sites around the world.