THE secrets inside Jesus Christ’s “tomb” – including the slab on which he was “resurrected” – have been revealed after scientists cracked it open for the first time since 1555 AD.
They found portions of the tomb intact, and took these incredible pictures of what they saw.
A marble slab, believed to be the burial slab where Jesus was “resurrected”, was found hidden under layers of material, with a cross carved into its surface.
Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at National Geographic, said: I’m absolutely amazed. My knees are shaking a little bit because I wasn’t expecting this.
“We can’t say 100%, but it appears to be visible proof that the location of the tomb has not shifted through time, something that scientists and historians have wondered for decades.”
Antonia Moropoulou, of the National Technical University of Athens, said: “This is the Holy Rock that has been revered for centuries, but only now can actually be seen.”
The tomb has now been sealed, and is likely to remain shut for several hundreds of years.
The scientists will now work on the outside of the tomb, encased in a shrine-like structure, so that it can stand without wooden supports. The Greek Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church and Armenian Orthodox Church have put together £3.2 million of funding to complete the project.