After an intensive restoration, the tomb of Jesus Christ will open to public on Wednesday.
The site or burial tomb believed to have held the body of Jesus Christ before his resurrection will open to the public starting Wednesday.
It can be remebered that the site at the Church of the Holy Sepucchre in Jerusalem undergone nine months of restoration to preserve and ensure structural strength.
The team of experts from the National Technical University of Athens (NTU) spearheaded the intensive restoration on a small structure known as the ‘Edicule’ (little house) within the church.
Edicule is containing the tomb and burial bed believed to have once held the body of Jesus Christ.
During the restoration the team removed a slab of marble that had been placed over the bed in 1555AD to prevent pilgrims removing rocks from the holy site, exposing the original limestone shelf for the first time in centuries.
Utilizing titanium bolts and mortar, the team from NTU reinforced the ‘Edicule’ structure during the restoration.
“If the intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,” said Bonnie Burnham from the World Monuments Fund, which oversaw the project, The Guardian reported.
Expertw also removed thick layers of candle soot and pigeon droppings from the holy site.
A small window has been cut in the marble wall of the ‘Edicule’, allowing pilgrims to see into the tomb for the first time.
With a ceremony on Wednesday, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians and a representative of Pope Francis, will mark the completion of the restoration project.
According to scripture and other biblical traces, the body of Christ was laid in the tomb following his crucifixion. Three days later he was discovered to be missing and said to have appeared over a period of 40 days before ascending into heaven.