The Kathisma site, re-discovered in 1992 during road works along Hebron Road in Jerusalem, is believed to be the spot where the Virgin Mary, pregnant with Jesus Christ, stopped to rest. Once a magnificent and large octagonal church that welcomed large numbers of pilgrims, it was destroyed in the 11th or 12th century. Today, the remains of the church are still visible.
ICoHS plans to enable the preservation and rehabilitation of a new Kathisma site. It will serve as a permanent pilgrimage site for those travelling between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. A protective dome will be erected over the remains of the church, but the site will also narrate the importance of the Virgin Mary. It would serve as a significant pilgrimage site in the midst of an archaeological garden. More so, it would also educate pilgrims and tourists about the figure of the Virgin Mary and her importance.