Conserving the Christ's tomb
Tomb of Jesus
The conservation efforts of October 2016 are the first time in recorded history all of these slabs have been removed.
A layer of loose fill material is seen beneath. Scientists were surprised at how much of the original cave structure remained, said National Geographic archaeologist-in-residence Fredrik Hiebert. National Geographic, a partner in the excavations, was the first to report the opening of the tomb.
Worshipers of many sects
Stone of the Anointing
Around the Edicule
Here, Christian priests watch workers clean the floor on May 23, 2014 in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis, who visited both the West Bank and Israel.