More
    NewsWorldTomb of Jesus Reopens to the Public

    Tomb of Jesus Reopens to the Public

    -

    The Tomb of Jesus Christ, the most sacred site in Christianity, has reopened in Jerusalem after a painstaking nine-month restoration, The Guardian reports.

    A team of about 50 experts from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) completed the $4 million renovation project. They used radar, laser scanners and drones in this meticulous restoration in Jerusalem’s Old City.

    According to CNN, the specialists and masons worked mostly at night so as not to interrupt the devotees and pilgrims from praying and visiting the venerated site.

    “We consolidated the holy rock. We opened the tomb of Christ in order to protect it from the infection of grout. Then we reinstalled the stone slabs after inserting joints of titanium,” said Antonia Moropoulou, chief scientific supervisor at NTUA.

    Most of the repairs were concentrated to the Edicule, a small limestone and marble structure above the burial chamber where Jesus was believed to be interred. The project also included stabilizing the shrine with titanium bolts and mortar and cleaning the area which has been covered with layers of candle soot and pigeon droppings.

    “What we’re looking at really is investigating how this whole site evolved over time, how this became the focal point of worship and veneration for more than two billion Christians today,” Kristin Romey, archaeology writer at National Geographic said.

    Romey added, “This is the first time in modern memory that we have removed the marble from the tomb and are able to look down and investigate the original rock that, according to Christian tradition, the body of Jesus Christ was laid out on.”

    The six denominations of the Christian faith which share custody of the church–Franciscan (Catholic), Coptic, Ethiopian, Syrian Orthodox, Armenian, and Greek Orthodox, the Palestinian Authority, and private individuals donated to this restoration project.

    Sources:
    Theguardiancom. (2017). The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/21/jesus-tomb-to-be-unveiled-to-public-after-4m-restoration

    Oren liebermann and lauren said-moorhouse, cnn. (2017). CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/23/travel/jesus-tomb-restoration-complete/index.html

    Joyce Dimaculangan
    Joyce Dimaculangan
    Joyce has more than 15 years experience writing news, industry articles and blogs for the private and public sectors. Most of her career was spent writing technical documentation for a software company in the Philippines. She earned a B.A. in Communication Arts with a concentration in writing from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. During her leisure time, Joyce pursues her interest in reading fiction and playing with her dogs. She can be contacted at Joyce@onechristianvoice.com.

    Latest news

    Podcasting Priest Sees Hope in the Future of Christianity in America

    Fr. Mike Schmitz believes that reports of Christianity is in a decline in America could be "good news" for the church.

    Priest Who Went to Hell Shares What He Saw

    A priest from Michigan claims he died and went to hell in 2016, saying he wouldn't wish it on his worst enemy.

    Christians are Comfortable Resolving Conflict at Home —Barna

    Barna Group released a study which found that Christians say they are comfortable resolving conflict at home.

    More Afghan Christians Are Accessing the Bible Online

    Online Afghan ministries report an increase in the number of Christians within Afghanistan who access virtual Bible study.

    US Christian Group Celebrates 10,000th Traveler to Israel

    Passages celebrated a milestone of bringing a total of 10,000 Christian students to Israel within seven years.

    Week of Prayer 2023 in Europe Focuses on Joy

    European evangelical churches are invited to a special weeklong time of prayer from January 8-15, 2023.

    Must read

    Christians Denounce Greene’s Call for Christian Nationalism

    Thousands of Christians in the US signed a petition denouncing a lawmaker's call for Christian nationalism.

    Christian Groups Condemn Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    More than 80 Christian groups in the US condemned the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. In a letter signed by 83 faith-based groups, it called the Senate to oppose the said bill which they claim is an attack on people of faith.

    You might also likeRELATED
    Recommended to you