A team of scientists and restorers has completed work on the purported site of Jesus’s tomb in Jerusalem’s Old City, and it will be re-opened to the public on Wednesday.
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.
This is the place where the Jesus’s body traditionally is believed to have been buried at what became the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The structure needed reinforcement and conservation, including work on 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.
Work only began last year after the church was deemed unsafe by Israeli authorities. Media reports said each denomination had contributed toward the project and Jordan’s King Abdullah also made a personal donation, with the work costing around $3.3 million.