The tomb where Jesus is believed to have been buried is being unveiled again following nine months of restoration work that will be 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 —
including a warm reddish-yellow colouring.
The tomb AFP reports will be formally reopened today (Wednesday) in a ceremony in Jerusalem led by religious leaders and donors.