The shire around the tomb in which tradition says Jesus was buried recently went under a tremendous restoration project.
The shire is located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and was masterfully reconditioned.
The repair project was long-overdue and will allow the shrine to be open to the public again right before Easter.
Per Daily Mail:
And gone are fears about the stability of the old shrine, which hadn’t been restored in more than 200 years.
‘If this intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,’ Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund said.
‘This is a complete transformation of the monument.’
The mending was a group effort as finances were collected from various sources:
The fund provided an initial $1.4 million for the $4 million restoration, thanks to a donation by the widow of the founder of Atlantic Records.
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Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also chipped in about 150,000 euros each, along with other private and church donations, Burnham said.
The project continues to maintain the historicity of the building:
The limestone and marble structure stands at the center of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, one of the world’s oldest churches – a 12th-century building standing on 4th-century remains.