Christ’s tomb reveals surprise after restoration

The burial tomb of Jesus has been reopened to the public following a lengthy restoration. A Greek team has renovated the Edicule, a small shrine covering the slab of stone where Jesus’ body was placed. In the process, they discovered a surprise.

Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem has completed renovation. The Christian shrine rests within one of the oldest churches in Christendom, established in the 4th century AD, during the reign of Constantine.

The shrine is housed in a small building called the Edicule, within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The original church was destroyed by warfare but rebuilt in the 12th century. The Edicule was erected in the 18th century to cover the slab of stone where Jesus’ body was laid.

Curiously, the actual stone has long been covered with slabs of marble from earlier times. When the top slab was removed, workers were astonished to discover a slab of white rose marble placed by the crusaders in the 14th century. Next, workers removed the crusader slab and found a gray marble slab placed over the rock in the 4th century during the reign of Constantine.

The surprising discovery reveals that the site was renovated in medieval and ancient times as well.

While restoring the structure, the team removed candle soot and reinforced its masonry. An unsightly iron fence designed to keep the public at bay has been removed.

The structure was restored by a team of Greek experts. Their work was financed by a $1.4 million donation from the widow of the founder of Atlantic Records, and donations from Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Small, private donations provided the rest of the funds needed to renovate the tomb.

The site is now fully reopened to the public.



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Why is it that the book of Acts knows nothing of this tomb? At no point in the story is there any indication that Romans or Jews show any knowledge of there being a missing body. Nor is any action undertaken to investigate this missing body – a crime of tomb robbery and desecration of the dead – (severe death penalty offenses).
    Why wasn’t Joseph of Arimathea hauled in to explain this missing body? Why were apostles permitted to preach in the middle of the street about their resurrected messiah, without Pilate taking notice that a condemned criminal escaped his capital punishment? Some of these apostles even end up in court for various things, but none is ever questioned about a missing body. Both the Sanhedrin and Pilate would have had very good reason to track down a still-living Jesus, but clearly no attempt was made to do so in the book of Acts because…. drum roll……there was no empty tomb. The story (perhaps like Jesus himself) was clearly fabricated.

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    2. Bob Reply

      Go trolling some other place.

  2. Darran Reply

    Patrick Gannon, I’m saying this genuinely, not to make a quip or to insult you, but just to advise you that the material you’ve been reading isn’t very kosher. This sort of thing is part of a fairly modern genre of writings that cater for an anti-Christian audience that isn’t very well informed.

    Posting what you wrote here might sound legit to you, but it won’t have the effect you’re expecting, as informed Catholics aren’t the intended audience of the website/tract that you’ve pasted this from. (Eg, this isn’t aimed at you, but demanding the book of Acts to mention the Edicule is a little silly).

    Instead of posting a piece by piece dissection on the internet (which in my experience, always goes nowhere) I would recommend, genuinely, that you do one thing: pick any single point that was mentioned in your last post and give it two hours of research, include in this time a question made to some kind of Catholic forum (such as Catholic Answers). Don’t get back to me on this or anything, just do this and you will begin to see where I’m coming from.

    It’s important to go at things objectively, as it’s a known tendency for many people to have an uneven presumption of expertise with regards someone that is anti something. And, unfortunately, this trait is exploited for monetary gain everywhere.

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