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Temple Mount from West
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Detail view looking east at the whole of the reconstructed Temple Mount as it would have appeared in the late Second Temple Period (18 B.C. to A.D. 70).

In the lower (foreground) portion of the image is the eastern slope of the western hill.  The two conical domes represent where some archaeologists think the old Hasmonean Palace was located.  Note too, the bridge that connects the western hill, where the priests lived, to the Temple Mount.  Parts of this "bridge" are still preserved and are known as "Wilson's Arch."

Just right of center, on the outer wall of the enclosure, is a red arrow.  This points to where the “Western/Wailing Wall” is located.

On the far right (south) center, note the staircase that leads up to the Temple Mount over “Robinson’s Arch.”  The foundation of this staircase was discovered by Benjamin Mazar in his excavations of this area.