Welcome to Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre,
the most hallowed Christian shrine on earth.
According to tradition, thisis the very location where
Jesus died and was buried.
The church is, in aword, breathtaking.
The very air that hangs inside seems infused with something holy.
But this is also a place of mystery.
Because as sacred as this structure is,
nothing that you see here today
existed in the time of Jesus.
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The Bible tells us that Jesus was crucified on a barren hill
His body was then laid out on a stone
before being placed in a rock-cut tomb.
Over 300 years later, whenChristianity spread to Rome,
the Emperor Constantine dispatched his mother Helena
to the Holy Land
to identify the exact site.
She was led here.
The church she placed here
was destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries,
as Jerusalem changed hands between Christians,Moors, and Jews.
This is, religiouslyspeaking, a high-traffic area.
Today, the top ofthe crucifixion hill
is under the floorof the church.
One can also placetheir hands on the stone
where Jesus’ body was laid out.
A few hundred feet away, stillinside the massive building,
is the tomb itself– the place whereScripture says
Jesus was interred for three daysbefore rising from the dead.
With so much destructionand renovation here,
the questionhas always persisted–
Was this church builtin the right spot?
Well, a recent excavationhere
might just answer that question once and for all.
The tomb had been badlyweathered
by time and millions of visitors,
so in 2016,
scientists were called in
to do an emergency restoration.
They were given just 60 hours
to peer beneath the tomb
for the first time in centuries.
Beneath a layer of fill,
they found a piece of marble
stamped with a cross fromthe time of the Crusades.
Deeper down, even older marble
from the time of Constantine.
And at the bottom,
they found the original limestone bed,
confirming the existenceof a burial cave.
All of this supports the claimthat Constantine and Helena
built on the right spot
and that this may well have been
the true tomb of Jesus Christ.