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Pilgrim Accommodations 1
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View looking north along the eastern slope of Mt. Gerizim.  The excavated area has been interpreted by the excavator, Magen, mainly as accommodations for pilgrims to the Samaritan Temple.  Magen dates these accommodations to the Hellenistic Period (332–63 B.C.).

Note, from left (west) to right (east) the various levels here on the eastern slope of Mt. Gerizim.

In the upper left of the image the massive wall is the one that supported the platform on which the Samaritan Temple, and later the Octagonal Church, stood.

The square structure, above the center of the image, with the Israeli flag flying on it(!), is at the north east corner of the sacred compound and is the tomb (weli) of the Muslim holy man, Abu Ghanem.