The Zoning and Building Committee of the Municipality of Jerusalem issued a Building Permit to the Israel Antiquities Authority for the construction of the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel.
This is a significant milestone in our ambitious efforts to establish this education, research and illumination complex in the heart of Jerusalem, and assemble and make available to the public the priceless treasures that collectively represent the cultural heritage of the Land of Israel. We are getting ready to begin the work on our dramatic building designed by architect Moshe Safdie, once a construction company is selected and hired.
We are grateful, excited and encouraged by the strong support we have received from our friends and supporters, who recognize that when completed, the National Campus will serve as the pre-eminent venue for the research, study, conservation, restoration, housing, curation, publication, education, and illumination of the archaeological material excavated in Israel. It will be used by the Israel Antiquities Authority to educate the public about the importance of the archaeological work, by drawing researchers, students, archaeologists, and the general public to visit the visible Conservation and Restoration Laboratories, the National Archaeological Library and Archives, the National Treasures, the World Center for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the galleries, roof-top gardens, the National Collections, the Archaeology Theatre and study centers, and more.
The National Campus will become a Jerusalem landmark providing unparalleled access and safe housing to the most breathtaking and fundamental cornerstones of our Jewish heritage in the Land of Israel.
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