Just in time for Easter, a Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule
, the shrine in Jerusalem
that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven. In this photo taken on March 23, 2016, Christian worshippers line up outside the Edicule, which is inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. This photo was taken before the restoration started.
“A complete transformation”
Until the recent restoration
, the shrine hadn’t been restored in more than 200 years. “If this intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,” Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund said Monday. “This is a complete transformation of the monument.” In this October 28, 2016 photo, Greek preservation experts worked to strengthen the Edicule surrounding the Tomb of Jesus, as part of the conservation work.
Removing the marble layer
This Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 shows the moment workers removed the top marble layer of the tomb. A restoration team peeled away a marble layer for the first time in centuries in an effort to reach what it believes is the original rock surface where Jesus’ body was laid.
The renovated Edicule is seen in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem’s old city Monday, Mar. 20, 2017.