Latest updates as Jesus' tomb is unveiled in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ahead of Easter
Religious leaders and donors are gathering for the formal reopening of the shrine where Jesus is believed to have been buried and rose to heaven.
The tomb, which is part of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in in Jerusalem, is a major pilgrimage site visited by millions of Christians every year.
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Latest pictures as tomb is unveiled in the Holy Sepulchre ahead of Easter
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The tomb of Jesus Christ with the rotunda is seen in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The restoration has restored the tomb to its former glory after it was left discoloured by soot caused by centuries of candle smoke.
Religious worshippers have been amazed by the restored red marble of the structure surrounding the burial place, known as the Edicule.
A woman prays next to The tomb of Jesus Christ
Christian clergyman stands inside the Edicule surrounding the Tomb of Jesus
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was among the people who attended the ceremony to reopen the tomb.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem gave an address and said the restoration was ”not only a gift to our Holy Land but to the whole world."
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"For the first time in over two centuries, this sacred edicule has been restored," he said.
The Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Roman Catholic denominations share custody of the important holy site in Jerusalem's Old City in Israel.
The nearly $4 million renovation project was carried led by the church's denominations, whose dispute have held up restoration for more than 200 years.
Work was forced to begin last year after the church was deemed unsafe by Israeli authorities, who have controlled East Jerusalem since its capture in the 1967 Middle East war.
Antonia Moropoulou, a professor at the National Technical University of Athens, said the structure needed reinforcement and conservation, including work on drainage network for rainwater and sewage.
Bonnie Burnham, from the World Monuments Fund, said: “If the intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse."