Tomb of Jesus reopens after original burial place uncovered for the first time in centuries.
The restoration was sponsored by the Greek Orthodox, Franciscans and Armenians — the three main Christian denominations of the six that share the Holy Sepulchre. Contributions were also given by a number of public and private entities. The total cost of the project was approximately $4m (£3.2m).
The site will be inaugurated on 22 March — an event that will be attended by various political and religious leaders from Greece, along with the Holy Land clergy.
The Jerusalem tomb of Jesus restored: Historic shrine that houses the cave where it is said Christ was buried on a slab and rose to heaven to reopen Edicule is a shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven The limestone and marble structure stands at the center of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem Shrine needed urgent attention after years of exposure to water, humidity and candle smoke Restorers cut small window from the shrine’s marble walls for pilgrims to see bare stone of the burial cave. The tomb of Jesus has been resurrected to its former glory. Just in time for Easter, a Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven. Restorers have now cut a small window from the shrine’s marble walls for pilgrims to see – for the first time – the bare stone of the ancient burial cave.