New research might have finally confirmed the final resting place of Jesus Christ, as well as being able to accurately date his burial.
With his birthday just around the corner, scientists have gained unprecedented access to a tomb in Jerusalem.
Jesus is presumed to have been buried at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a building which has suffered through fires, violent attacks and earthquakes throughout the years, according to National Geographic.
The burial tomb inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
A marble structure surrounding the tomb, known as the Edicule (‘little house’), which is believed to have been built to protect it, has recently been restored and has allowed access to the area that researchers have never had before.
And it was discovered that materials used to build it date back to the Roman era, with mortar from between the limestone dating back to 345 AD. So it was certainly built to last.
Chief scientific supervisor Antonia Moropoulou told the National Geographic: “It is interesting how [these] mortars not only provide evidence for the earliest shrine on the site, but also confirm the historical construction sequence of the Edicule.”
It’s believed to be the burial place of Jesus Christ.
Scientific tests, as reported by the National Geographic, show remains of a limestone cave within the church are the same ones that the ancient Romans pointed out as the burial place of Jesus.
Seventeen centuries ago a group of people were sent from Rome to identify the site and they set about building the marble structure around it, in hopes of protecting it. However, the entire church was destroyed in 1009 and was rebuilt, leading many researchers wondering if this was, in fact, the same spot.
Although it’s not possible to say without doubt that this is the burial spot of Jesus, it has been proven that the original construction of the building dates back to the days of Constantine, Rome’s first Christian emperor.
The church has undergone restoration work.
The tomb was cracked open for the first time in centuries in 2016, so that it could undergo restoration work by the National Technical University of Athens – inside they found a ‘burial bed’ believed to be Jesus’ final resting place.