The tomb believed to be the place Jesus Christ was buried has now been opened for the first time in 500 years.
The tomb believed to be the place where Jesus was laid has been opened for the first time in centuries, The Independent reveals. The tomb has been sealed in marble since the 1500s in order to prevent visitors from stealing pieces as relics.
For decades, archaeologists and theologians have debated over whether the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is the site where Christ was supposedly buried and resurrected after being crucified.
Over the preceding centuries, the famous church had been destroyed and rebuilt so many times that experts were left unsure about whether the tomb had been moved and what it might contain.
However, they have made shocking discoveries after lifting the tomb’s marble for the first time in 500 years. Researchers were amazed to discover the limestone shelf where Jesus’s body was thought to have been placed, the Mirror reported.
Also discovered, was a second grey marble slab previously unknown to the researchers, engraved with a cross they believe was carved in the 12th century by the Crusaders.