The Fire

Raymond Cohen

in Saving the Holy Sepulchre

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195189667
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851645 | DOI:
The Fire

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This chapter examines the damage to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre caused by the fire of November 23, 1949. Because of the lack of fire fighting equipment and water supply, the fire was only put out after thirty-one hours. The fire damaged two-thirds of the woodwork and cupola. The total cost of the damage was estimated to be around £10,000. King Abdullah of Jordan offered his help to repair the church but he encountered a thankless situation that included righteously intransigent local religious communities, uncooperative parent churches and meddling Great Power patrons. The Jordanian takeover resulted in a series of conflicts.

Keywords: Church of the Holy Sepulchre; fire; King Abdullah of Jordan; church repair; Jordanian takeover; religious communities

Chapter.  5949 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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