It is the holiest Christian shrine. But, until March 2017, it was in danger of imminent collapse.
The shrine goes by an odd name, the Edicule, meaning “little house. ” It sits under a great dome in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre. No bigger than a good-sized garage, its marble-clad walls are festooned with hanging oil lamps and mismatched candlesticks with bare, energy-efficient lightbulbs. Daily, thousands of visitors line up for hours to see the sacred spot believed to be the burial place of Jesus.