The tomb where Jesus is believed to have been buried is being unveiled again following months of restoration work that was highlighted at a much-anticipated ceremony Wednesday.
Parts of it were also coming loose, with warnings that it was structurally unsound and posed a risk to the millions of pilgrims who visit the site every year. Israeli authorities briefly closed it in 2015 over security fears.
Following a $3.7-million (3.4-million-euro) renovation led by the church’s three main Christian denominations, the tomb has been painstakingly restored to its former glory,
The tomb AFP reports was formally reopened on Wednesday 22march 2017 in a ceremony in Jerusalem led by religious leaders and donors.