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'Baptismal font' discovered at nativity church in Bethlehem

Sun 23 Jun 2019
By Press Association

What is believed to be a new baptismal font has been discovered at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, allowing for more studies about the traditional birthplace of Jesus, Palestinian officials say.

Ziad al-Bandak, head of a Palestinian presidential committee leading the church renovation, said Saturday that international experts were arriving in the West Bank town to examine the font.

Mr al-Bandak described the Byzantine font as a "magnificent" discovery that had been covered by a larger known vessel.

 

In 2013, Unesco declared the church a World Heritage site and a restoration project was launched five years ago to overcome decades of neglect.

During holidays, especially Christmas, the church attracts pilgrims and tourists to the occupied West Bank town.

 

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