The Bethlehem Icon Centre
Hosh Abu Jarour, Star Street, Bethlehem, Palestine.
Restoring iconography in the Holy Land.
The Centre and its Icon School are based in Bethlehem, the city of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is dedicated to the renewal of iconography as a living part of the spiritual landscape of the Holy Land.
It is a small and humble attempt to serve Christ in the Church of His Birth through commitment to the the highest standards of sacred liturgical art.
It also seeks to renew the dwindling Christian population by restoring an essential element of their ancient culture, and is the only project of its kind in the Middle East.
Through a process of integration into a living Christian environment, students are formed in the ancient practice of icon making. The workshop offers the opportunity for students to make a living as professional iconographers protected from the corrosion of the business world and encouraged by working collaboratively.
Rooted within the Tradition of Eastern Christianity it is open to Christians of all backgrounds, both east and west, indeed to anyone attracted to look deeper into this Mystical art which came to birth in the Holy Land over 1,500 years ago.
THE ICON CENTRE
We accomplish our mission through three inter-related components:
ICON WORKSHOP - ICON SCHOOL - ICON VISITORS' CENTRE
- THE ICON WORKSHOP. Working strictly to commission the workshop dispatches custom made icons to churches and individuals around the world.
- THE ICON SCHOOL. Offers courses in iconography for locals and for international students.
- THE ICON VISITORS CENTRE. Situated along the ancient pilgrim’s route the Centre welcomes anyone interested in finding out more about the living world of icons, be they groups or individuals, and offers an oasis of prayerful quiet at the very heart of the bustling City.