The building believed to be the tomb of Jesus Christ was unveiled to the public on Wednesday following a massive restoration project that took the better part of a year and cost approximately $3.72 million, according to CNN.
Despite extensive restoration efforts, some scientists claim the shrine and surrounding complex is in severe danger.
According to National Geographic, which first reported the story, “A scientific team from the National Technical University of Athens, which has just completed the restoration of what is traditionally believed to be the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem, warns that additional work is needed to prevent the shrine and surrounding complex from experiencing significant structural failure.”
And according to some experts, “significant structural failure” doesn’t begin to describe it.
Antonia Moropoulou, NTUA’s chief scientific supervisor, warned that the kind of failure the team is discussing here isn’t a gradual decline, but a “catastrophic” failure.
“When it fails, the failure will not be a slow process, but catastrophic,” she said.
Apparently, the work to be done is largely focused on the foundations — after such a long time, it’s to be expected.
According to the U.K. Express, the scientific team has recommended another $6.5 million restoration project to shore up the structural integrity of the tomb of Christ.
Far be it from me to speculate as to whether this site is the actual tomb that served Jesus Christ as a resting place for three days, but there is little question that there are enough Christians who do believe it that the the funding will be procured.
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