The cost of renovating England’s Big Ben tower increased this week, and while many Brits likely thought they were being gouged, the fault lies with the Germans.
Britain’s Big Ben tower at the Houses of Parliament was more badly damaged by German bombs during World War Two than originally thought, experts said on Thursday, as the bill for its restoration rose by nearly 20 million pounds.
Among other problems, bomb damage inflicted on the tower during the Second World War had been found to be more extensive than first thought.
Although the tower survived Nazi bombing, its roof and dials were damaged in a May 1941 air raid which destroyed the main House of Commons chamber.
I guess it’s a good thing the engineers noticed it, but I wonder if enough people examined the damage after the bombing to make sure the tower wouldn’t collapse onto itself… like Rosie O’Donnell after a box of Ring Dings.
The tomb of Jesus inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre will undergo renovations to save it from collapse. If there is a more interesting story this week, I have yet to find it.
Scaffolding has gone up a few feet from the shrine in the gloomy shadows of the Arches of the Virgin, the first step in a rare agreement by Christian communities to save the dilapidated shrine, also called the Aedicule, from falling down.
The idea is to peel away hundreds of years of the shrine’s history, clean it and put it back together. They will take apart, slab by slab, the ornate marble shell built in 1810, during Ottoman rule of Jerusalem. The conservationists will then tackle the remains of the 12th-century Crusader shrine that lies underneath.
Finally, the workers will repair cracks in the remains of the rock-hewed tomb underneath, where most Christians believe Jesus was placed after he was crucified.
It may also be a good idea to reinforce the structure, since those ISIS animals are keen on destroying ancient holy architecture.