It was thought to have been obliterated long ago, but now a restoration team believes it has found a way into the inner most chamber of the site said to be where Jesus Christ was laid to rest.
Accompanying the restoration team is National Geographic archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert, who told Fox News the ground penetrating radar used by the restoration team has determined the cave walls are in tact, standing at roughly 6-feet, behind marble panels of the chamber at the centre of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
“What was found is astonishing,” Hiebert says.
The chamber is said to have housed the body of Jesus Christ for three days before his resurrection (which is why many of the Catholic faith celebrate Easter each year).
The tomb is more commonly known as the Holy Edicule, and is said to consist of a burial bed carved out of limestone. It had been sealed with a protective marble casing since 1555 AD to prevent pilgrims from collecting fragments of the stone as souvenirs.
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National Geographic is working with the Greek restoration team to document the work.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre attracts more than 4 million visitors each year. Unfortunately, it is also a location targeted for destruction yet despite the many attempts to destroy the church, the tomb has remained untouched.
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