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The Tomb Of Jesus Was Opened Up... And It's Amazing

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The Tomb Of Jesus Was Opened Up... And It's Amazing

It's a restoration project that cost the church almost £3m, but the tomb of Jesus Christ was opened to the public today.

It was a huge nine-month project based in Jerusalem, Israel.

The supposed tomb for Jesus during his time between his crucifixion and resurrection is held within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

It's the first time visitors will be able to see the ancient burial cave of Jesus.

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The entire structure has also been cleaned and restored to a painstaking level. People can now see the beautiful wall markings and colours.

Credit: PA

Where are the other religious leaders buried?

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  • Buddha - The Buddha's body was cremated and relics were placed in monuments with some believed to survive to the present day.
  • Confucius - His grave is in his hometown of Qafu, China. It's a large cemetery though - more than 100,000 of his descendants are also buried there.
  • Islam - Muhammad is buried in Medina, Saudi Arabia. His tomb is covered by gold mesh and black curtains - it's the centre of the pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Scientology - It's founding leader, Ron Hubbard, was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

Chief renovator, Antonia Moropoulou, described the transformation: "Before, the monument was black. This is the actual colour of the monument, the colour of hope.

"The deformations of the holy edicule are addressed and the structural integrity is assured.

There are still questions as to whether this the brief resting place of Christ for three days.

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Credit: National Geographic

Last year, the tomb restorers said they had found the original burial spot - it grabbed headlines and experts raved about the find.

Some still believe that his actual burial place is the Garden Tomb outside the Old City of Jerusalem.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: National Geographic

Michael Minay
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