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Historic restoration of Jesus’ burial shrine completed

JERUSALEM — The tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem has been resurrected to its former glory.

A Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and resurrected.

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Gone is the unsightly iron cage built around the shrine by British authorities in 1947 to shore up the walls. Gone is the black soot on the shrine’s stone facade from decades of pilgrims lighting candles. And gone are fears about the stability of the old shrine, which hadn’t been restored in more than 200 years.

‘‘If this intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,’’ Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund said Monday. ‘‘This is a complete transformation of the monument.’’

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