I cannot believe that this is going to happen in my lifetime! The Christian communities that control the Church of the Holy Sepulcher have agreed to take apart the aedicule that encases what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus—beginning in April 2016!
The New York Times has an extensive article on this topic that informs this post.
The idea is to peel away hundreds of years of the shrine’s history, clean it and put it back together.
They will take apart, slab by slab, the ornate marble shell built in 1810, during Ottoman rule of Jerusalem. The conservationists will then tackle the remains of the 12th-century Crusader shrine that lies underneath. That was erected after the Shiite ruler of Egypt, al-Hakim, destroyed the first Aedicule in 1009. The original was built by Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, the Christian Roman emperor who did much to elevate the status of Christianity through the empire.
Please see the link to the NY Times article for details.
HT: Jim Monson of Biblical Backgrounds