The “Edicule” a shrine covering the cave Jesus was thought to have been buried in, is in danger of “catastrophic” collapse.
National Geographic have reported that the shrine which is located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is in desperate need of repair to avoid irreversible damage.
According to legend in the fourth century Helena, the mother of emperor Constantine the Great came to Jerusalem, and found the cave in which Jesus was buried. There is no solid evidence of Jesus actually being buried in the cave, however, it has become a place of Christian pilgrimage for many centuries.
Since the discovery, there have been many attempts to build a permanent structure to accommodate the tomb, but thus far all have been destroyed or become irreparable. The cave is currently being covered by the Edicule, which is housed in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
There have been a series of repairs and restoration works completed at the Edicule during the last year, in which the limestone bed which is thought to have been the place Jesus’ body was buried was revealed.
Yesterday (March 22), National Geographic revealed that the structure is in danger of “catastrophic” collapse should further needed repairs not take place soon.
Antonia Moropoulou, chief scientific supervisor of the NTUA team, National Geographic has said “When it fails, the failure will not be a slow process, but catastrophic,”
The National Geographic Society is a partner in the restoration and reports they need to start works on a 10-month project, which will cost 6 million euros (around $6.5 million). The project will aim to strengthen and repair the Edicule’s foundations.
The works would also include a new drainage system which will protect the structure from future water damage. They would also need to complete archaeological excavations prior to the repairs so the foundations of the Edicule can be reinforced without damaging archaeological remains. This could shed new light on previous structures which have been constructed at the site since the fourth century.
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