$4m restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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Ahead of this month’s Middle East Analysis podcast, here’s a five-minute extract focussing on the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Jesus’s tomb, in particular, inside a structure known as the Edicule, is receiving special attention.

The burial bed, upon which the body of Our Lord was laid, has been exposed for the first time in centuries and will be subject to painstaking conservation and scientific analysis.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is in the Christian quarter of the Old City, and was built on the site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

Dr Harry Hagopian, our podcast contributor and the Bishops’ consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, talks about the Christian confessions responsible for the Church and how the restoration work is now finally underway.

The project is expected to be completed in time for Easter 2017.