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A few dates ago a find was made that has not gone unnoticed by the international archaeological and historical community. In an excavation carried out in the walls of the Jerusalem National Park, in the City of David, a pyramid-shaped staircase built with large stone blocks has been found.
This structure is very close to the Stepped street of the Second Temple, which dates back to about 2,000 years old, which led the pilgrims on their route from the pool of Siloam to the temple, located on top of the Temple Mount.
The street, or at least one of its sections, was excavated for a long time and can boast of having a stupendous state of preservation, especially thanks to the large stone slabs that compose it. It is believed that that street, in addition to a passage for pilgrims It served for a drainage canal dating back 2,000 years, which carried rainwater out of the city and was discovered a few years ago.
It is believed to have been built sometime in the fourth decade of the 1st century AD. and it is considered one of the largest construction projects that took place in Jerusalem during the Second Temple period.
Archaeologist Najshon Szanton and Dr. Joe Uziel, in charge of the excavation under the supervision of the Israel Antiquities Authority, stated that: “The structure that we have discovered is truly impressive and unique. To this day, the structure has not been found throughout the many excavations that have been carried out throughout Jerusalem.”.
“For this reason, determining its exact use is too much conjecture and is, at least for the moment, an interesting enigma. This structure is built along the street and we believe that it is a kind of monumental podium that attracted the public to walk on the main street of the city ”.
“We would love to know what was done in this area about 2,000 years ago. Possibly announcements were made by the government, some side was read, news was given or it was simply a good place to socialize ”.
When it was discovered 100 years ago by British archaeologists Bliss and Dickie, they thought at first that it was some stairs that led to a large house that was destroyedBut history, and research, has refuted his theory with evidence.
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