WATCH: 'Jesus' tomb' to be opened to the public following massive restoration

By Nadim Nyker
22 March 2017

After a $4 million restoration, Greek scientists are unveiling Jesus' tomb today in Jerusalem's Old City.

After his crucifixion, Jesus Christ's body is said to have been interred at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

After a nine-month project to renovate the tomb which cost $4 million (R50 million), it's set to be opened to the public today, following a ceremony at the church.

The restoration focused on a small structure above the burial chamber, known as Edicule, and was worked on by a team of Greek scientists and restorers.

Edicule is the most sacred monument in Christianity, and according Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund, which oversaw the project, "If the intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse."

"This is a complete transformation of the monument," she told Associated Press.

A marble slab which covered the tomb was lifted for the first time in more than 200 years in October last year. This allowed the restoration workers to examine the original rock shelf on which Jesus body is thought to have rested. In order for people to get a glimpse of the rock shelf, a window has been cut into the slab.

Six denominations share custody of the church, who helped fund the massive project.

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Sources: The Guardian, MSN, NBC, The Jerusalem Post

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