Cave Where Jesus is Believed to Have Been Entombed and Resurrected is Restored


The global community is coming together to restore one of Christianity's holiest shrines. Private and church donations along with money given by the World Monuments Fund, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud is being used to fix up the place where Jesus is believed to have been entombed and resurrected.

And now as Conor Powell shows us, months of work is now finished just in time for the Easter holiday.

A special Easter treat for the faithful. Months of restoration work on the edicule is complete. It houses the cave where Jesus is believed to have been entombed and resurrected.

Professor Antonia Moropoulou, Chief Scientific Supervisor from the National Technical University of Athens in charge of works says, "We consolidated the holy rock. We opened the tomb of Christ in order to protect it from the injection of grouts."

The edicule is located at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre here in Jerusalem. One of Christianity's oldest churches. The building dates back to the 12th century, and it stands on 4th century remains. It is the only place where six Christian denominations practice at the same site.

Workers cutting a window into the shrine so pilgrims can now see the bare stone of the ancient burial cave.
Jantry Bill, a tourist from Texas says, "The restoration as a pilgrim just, it just reinforces how important this is to everyone of every faith."

This is the first time the edicule has been restored in more than 200 years. Israeli officials temporarily shut the building down in 2015 after it was deemed unsafe. The repairs kicking off in June 2016 and people filled the church for a ceremony marking the end of the $4 million dollar project.

"The unity that is demonstrated in this restoration must be an inspiration to the peoples of our region," Theophilos III  an Orthodox Patriarch of the Holy Land.

Christian leaders say this renovation is a symbol of unity and they hope they can continue to build on this spirit of cooperation for the sake of the faith and to do more much need renovations.

 


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