After nearly 10 months of restoration work, what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus, at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is reopening.
Candles light up the tomb of Jesus inside the newly restored Edicule, or shrine, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
The Edicule from afar: Dignitaries and members of various denominations attended the unveiling ceremony on March 22.
Authorities had said in spring 2016 that parts of the Edicule was close to crumbling after centuries of pilgrims visiting the sacred site.
Restoration experts had to remove the marble slab stone that covered the original tomb since the last restoration of the Edicule in 1810 by Greek architect Nikolaos Komnenos.
Custody of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is shared by the Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Roman Catholic denominations.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City is pictured in 2016, before restoration work began.
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What is believed to be the tomb of Jesus, at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre Church, has been unveiled again after nearly 10 months of restoration work. Last spring, it was on the verge of collapse.
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