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Jerusalem: Temple Gate Passageway Survives Second Temple's Destruction

01 August 2017 by Efraim Roseman

 

Every pilgrim from throughout the world, whether Jewish or Gentile, who came to Jerusalem in the times of the Second Temple entered through the city's southern gates and traversed this terraced street that lead to the Temple gates.

 

The street is seven and a half meters wide and 600 meters long. This impressive passageway was amazingly preserved due to the thick layer of debris of hewn stone, and charcoaled wooden beams that covered it.

 

This is surviving evidence of the story of the destruction of the Second Temple and the city of Jerusalem on the 9th of Av (August 30th), 70 AD.