The famous Church of Holy Sepulchre, located in Jerusalem, has suffered a lot over the years. From fires to violent attacks and earthquakes. Moreover, back in 1009, it was completely destroyed and then rebuilt. This prompted many thinkers to wonder if that site was actually the place that a delegation from Rome identified as the tomb of Jesus Christ, about 17 centuries ago.
Some recent scientific tests have now proven that the place in Jerusalem indeed still contains remnants of the original tomb which the Romans found centuries ago. The experts took samples of mortar which they found between the original limestone and the newer marble stab. They dated it to around A.D. 345 which fits with the records. According to them, the Romans discovered it back in 326.
The Tomb of Jesus Christ
It’s interesting that until now, the oldest evidence any experts found dated from back during the Crusaders era. This made the construction no older than 1,000 years. Still, nobody can say for sure that this tomb is the true burial site of a Jew called Jesus of Nazareth who Romans crucified in Jerusalem in 30 or 33. However, this new evidence places the tomb’s construction around the time of the reign of Constantine. He was the first Christian emperor of Rome.
Back in October last year, the tomb was opened for the first time in hundreds of years. This needed to be done in order to secure and restore the shrine that covers the tomb, known as the Edicule. At that time, the experts gathered several mortar samples with the purpose of dating them. These are the results they got.
Many think that this is the real burial site of Jesus because of the long shelf inside it. According to the Bible, Jesus was laid out on it after he died on the cross. And thanks to this recent discovery, we now know that those people might be right.
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