>> One of Christianity's holier site has been given a much needed face lift. Deep in Jerusalem's old city inside the church of the Holy Sepulchre, this shrine that according to tradition houses the tomb of Jesus, was last restored over 200 years ago. Disagreements and tensions between the various religious denominations who share responsibility for the site had delayed the work until last year.
From Jerusalem, Reuters explains why.>> The work was eventually agreed upon because safety concerns prevailed. The site needed urgent attention after decades of exposure to environmental factors like water, humidity, and even candle smoke. After it was deemed unsafe in 2015, and temporarily shut down by Israeli authorities, it became clear that differences must be set aside and indeed, each denomination, contributed funds for the restoration project.
>> Work has focused on the small structure above where it's believed Jesus was buried. And everything from candle soot to pigeon droppings was scrubbed off the walls.>> The team has worked for the past several months, focusing on the ancient structure above the burial place, known as the edicule.
Which needed extensive reinforcement and conservation. They injected grouts and inserted titanium bolts into the stone slabs of the structure.>> The makeover has also seen a bonus feature installed. For the first time, pilgrims will be able to get a glimpse of what tradition says is Jesus's tomb through this small window cut into the marble.