Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bar Kokhba-era square opens in Jerusalem

ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE: Roman Square reopens in Jerusalem after almost 2,000 years. "We can connect with those who were once here" (Ilanit Chernick, Jerusalem Post).
“It’s like a layer cake.”

This is how Gura Berger, spokeswoman for the East Jerusalem Development Company, known in Hebrew as Pituach Mizrach Yerushalayim (PAMI), described the historic site dating from 135 CE located beneath today’s Damascus Gate on the north side of the Old City of Jerusalem.

I am not familiar with this site, but it sounds as though the square and the gate date to just after the failure of the Bar Kokhba Revolt in 135 CE. But some of the stones are reused from Second-Temple-era architecture.

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