Leaders of the Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian churches have issued a statement announcing a project to restore the foundations and floor of Jerusalem’s holiest Christian site. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is where many Christians believe that Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
This is not the first time the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has undergone restoration. Back in 2016, $3 million went towards repairing the church’s Aedicule after Israel Antiquities Authority inspected it and concluded that it was unsafe. The Aedicule is a small structure inside the church that is believed to be the tomb of Jesus Christ before his resurrection.
Coming to such an agreement was not easy because the church is in the shared custody of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Armenian denominations. Between the three denominations, any form of restoration of Christianity’s holy site has been contentious.