Experts begin first renovations of Jesus’ tomb in 200 years

The tomb of Jesus Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem. (WNEM)

JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) — A team of experts say they are beginning the first renovations in over 200 years at the site where Christians believe Jesus was buried.

The work that began Monday is the first of its kind since 1810, and was made possible by a rare accord among Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox and Armenians, who are responsible for maintaining separate sections of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and who jealously guard their domains.

Israeli police scuffle with an Armenian monk next to the place traditionally believed to be the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008. A brawl erupted between rival monks at one of Christianity's holiest sites, and Israeli police detained two clergymen for questioning. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Israeli police scuffle with an Armenian monk next to the place traditionally believed to be the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008. A brawl erupted between rival monks at one of Christianity’s holiest sites, and Israeli police detained two clergymen for questioning. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

In 2008, an argument between Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks erupted into a brawl.

This time, the clergymen have put aside their differences – a reflection of the dire need for the repairs. Last year, Israeli police briefly shut down the building after antiquities experts deemed it unsafe, prompting the Christian denominations to join forces.

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