Newly restored tomb of Jesus to reopen

Newly restored tomb of Jesus to reopen
Candles are placed atop the newly restored tomb, which according to Christian belief is where Jesus's body was anointed and buried, inside the newly restored Edicule, the ancient structure housing the tomb, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City March 20, 2017.

Almost a year after work began, the public will be able to see the restoration of the tomb of Jesus located in Jerusalem’s Old City starting March 22nd.  

The group has worked for the past nine months at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and focused on the small structure above the burial place, known as the Edicule,

The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz reported the Edicule, an iron cage that surrounded the tomb, was put in place in 1974 by British workers to prevent its collapse.

The structure needed reinforcement and conservation, including installation of an underground drainage network for rainwater and sewage, Antonia Moropoulou, a professor at the National Technical University of Athens, said on Monday. Moropoulou directed the work at the site.

The Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Roman Catholic denominations share custody of the church, where tensions often run high over control of its various sectors. Disputes between the dominations have held up restoration work for more than 200 years.

Work only began last year after the church was deemed unsafe by Israeli authorities, who have controlled East Jerusalem since its capture in the 1967 Middle East war.

Each denomination has contributed $3.3 million for the project and Jordan's King Abdullah also made a personal donation, media reports said.

Moropoulou said extensive work had been carried out on the masonry of the tomb, and titanium bolts were inserted into the stone slabs, including the one covering Jesus's tomb.

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