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Site of Jesus' Tomb in Jerusalem Gets Long-Awaited Refurbishment

The chamber housing Jesus' tomb is known as the Holy Edicule



    Christian pilgrims wait in line to visit the tomb of Jesus Christ in the Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on May 20, 2016. Christian officials have launched historic restoration work at the Tomb of Jesus inside the Church of Holy Sepulcher, site where tradition holds Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. The works are the first in almost two centuries that will focus on repairing, reinforcing and conserving the structure.

    After centuries of turf wars and even brawls, the dueling denominations overseeing Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre have collectively approved much-needed repairs for one of Christianity's holiest sites.

    Infighting between clerics had long blocked renovations to the church, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected.

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    The Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches that are responsible for maintaining separate sections have disagreed and even clashed over the centuries. In 2008, an argument between Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks broke out into an all out fight.

    "We equally decided the required renovation was necessary to be done, so we agreed upon it," Rev. Samuel Aghoyan, the top Armenian official at the church, told the AP.

    Now the chamber housing Jesus' tomb, known as the Holy Edicule, is getting a face-lift.