by Jonathan O’Connell, The Washington Post, 2/13/14.
The main entrance is to be flanked by two large bronze panels lettered with passages from ancient manuscripts. On the roof will be a “Biblical garden,” filled with plant species that were around at the dawn of Christianity. A newly built wing will be clad in layers of handmade bricks from Denmark, meant to evoke the layers of history as they were recorded.
When it opens in late 2017, just about every aspect of the planned Museum of the Bible — the building materials, doorways and common areas — are intended to bring to mind the Holy Land or stories from the good book itself.
An exterior rendering of the Museum of the Bible. (Smith Group JJR)
Even architectural enthusiasts who could care less about the Bible may take an interest in the $400 million project…