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Just in time for Easter, a Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven.The limestone-and-marble structure stands at the center of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Occupied Jerusalem, one of the world's oldest churches – a 12th-century building standing on 4th-century remains.A restoration team from the National Technical University of Athens stripped the stone slabs from the shrine's facade and patched up the internal masonry of the shrine, injecting it with tubes of grout for reinforcement.The restorers have cut a small window from the shrine's marble walls for pilgrims to see – for the first time – the bare stone of the ancient burial cave.Now, money is being raised for another round of restorations – consolidating drainage and sewage pipes underground, around the tomb, to stabilize its foundations – so renovations won't be needed for years to come.
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