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Renovation of the Tomb of Jesus Christ

Photograph by Oded Balilty, AP for National Geographic

Restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre uncover stone slab venerated as the resting place of Jesus Christ.

~~For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 A.D., and most likely centuries earlier.

"The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it,” said Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, a partner in the restoration project. “It will be a long scientific analysis, but we will finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was laid." (See an update on the discoveries inside the tomb here.)

To read the entire article by Kristin Romey and the video of the removal of the stone slab, please go to the following link.