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Street from the New Testament Period
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View looking south. The ancient street runs to, or away, from the viewer. On the left (east) of the street is part of the western wall of the Herodian Temple platform near the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount (visible in the center of the image).

The street, and the sewer systems below it (not visible), were built during the days of Herod the Great (37-4 B.C.), but the visible pavement is apparently a repaving of the street during the rule of Herod Agrippa I (A.D. 40-44). It is very probable that members of the early Christian community in Jerusalem walked upon this very street. The pile of fallen stones near the viewer are part of the rubble from the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70 by the Romans - a mute monument to the horrors of that event.

In the upper center portion of the image, the lower portion of the beginning of Robinson's Arch is visible.

At the southwestern corner of the Temple Platform, the stone marking the "place of trumpet blowing" was found.

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