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Mary’s Gate Renovation

In a follow-up to the previous posting on the IAA’s work on the western gate (“Mary’s Gate”) of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Craig Dunning sends along a few photos.

The first photo shows the gate at the beginning of the month.  Note the stone on the bottom right (with a blue stripe).

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The photo below was taken last week and shows the area with construction work underway.  The stone shown above has been removed.

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In this photo, you can see the stone being transported by the authorities.

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Evidence supporting the Jordanian official’s claim that the gate has been opened is lacking.

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