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Italian artists cleaning and restoring pebble mosaics at the church's nave last month.
Italian artists cleaning and restoring pebble mosaics at the church's nave last month.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

1 Church mosaics restored

The mosaics of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity have been restored to their Crusader-era splendour in time for Christmas. Experts cleaned and repaired surviving fragments of the 12th century masterworks in the church that marks the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2018, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe