The Stone of the Anointing
In this spot there is a rock, dressed with marble. Jesus body was placed on this marble when He was removed from the cross. Here Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus (secret disciples of Jesus), laid Jesus body and anointed it with myrrh and aloes then wrapped it in a clean linen cloth for the burial (Matthew 27: 57-59, John 19:39-40). Over the marble are lamps and candlesticks. It is under much discussion if the site is genuine (the Bible says these events took place outside of the walls), but the site has been a place of pilgrimage from about the year 350.
Entrance to the basilica after restoration (1997)