Jesus’ Tomb To Be Unveiled To Public After $4 Million Restoration.
Today, a ceremony to be officiated by the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christians, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, at the Tomb within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, will mark the completion of restoration work that begun nine months ago. The restoration of the Edicule had been undertaken by a team of Greek conservationists from the National Technical University of Athens, which had previously worked on the Acropolis. Altogether, a total of fifty experts were consulted in the restoration work. It is the first restoration work on the tomb for more than 200 years. The chapel that was built above the tomb, where Christ is believed to have been buried and resurrected, was in danger of collapse. It had been rebuilt four times, most recently in 1810, two years after it was ravaged by fire. The structure had been held up by iron girders put in place in 1947 by the British governor who ruled Palestine in the Mandate era.
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