Phase I - Overall Analysis of Monastery
After-effects of the 1927 earthquake
Antonio MARCELLINO, architect from Canatania in Italy, in 2000, carried
out a preliminary study of the monastery. This was not based on a
scientific structural examination, as he reiterated in his 2000
Project Report. It was, instead, an overall analysis of the monastery,
localizing and defining the problems. It was during this time that
Mr. Marcellino brought to our attention the exiting danger posed by
an overload of cement on the roof and the problems resuling from poor
repairs made after the 1927 Jerusalem earthquake, which caused
considerable damage to the monastery.
He did not present a solution to these difficulties. He localized
the existing dangers and recommended a structural study in order
to find and adequate and soundly based solution.
Phase I has been completed
PHASE II - Structural Project Study
OUR IMMEDIATE AND URGENT NEED
The objective of this scientific study, using precision instruments,
is to determine the structural load and equilibrium of working forces
in the monastery regarding weight of roof, the pitch of roof and the
various and complex technical aspects as a whole. This phase will take
into account the Project/Cost Report and the Project/Concrete Benefit
Report. The goal is to find the most feasible solution offering
durability and security to the nuns. This study might take at least
- Examination of the State of Stucture
- Analysis of the Findings
- Soundly Planned Solution
PHASE III - Construction
PHASE III is the final stage and the actual carrying out of work to
be done for a successful restoration of the Carmel. It is twofold,
dealing with structural problems and those posed by humidity.
- Ceiling of the nun's wing
- Cracks in the bell tower
- Cracks in various vaults
The workmen in the construction team will be local, thus offering
work to a Jerusalem community presently suffering under the burden of
financial difficulties. As much as possible, supplies will be
purchased locally. The longstanding crisis in the Holy Land has
cut into the heart of the economy and all have been affected.
- Humidity in the basement
- Humidity in part of the roof
In normal times, the monastery survives on the revenue from its gift shop and contributions
received from benefactors. Because of the present conflict, there are very few pilgrims in
the Holy Land, meaning very little, if any, revenue from the gift shop. The monastery has no
other sources of revenue at the present time. It must therefore appeal to and count on the
generosity of benefactors from around the world.
Please make DONATIONS to help with these urgent needs.