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‘Pilgrimage Road’ To Reopen in Jerusalem

by | Sun, Jan 29 2023

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A 2,000-year-old Roman road in the heart of Jerusalem will open to the public in around two years.

For nearly a decade archaeologists in the City of David National Park have been uncovering the Pilgrimage Road and bringing it back to life.

The 600 metre underground road which is also known as the Stepped Street climbs from the Pool of Siloam to the foot of the Temple Mount.

The final 100 metres is currently being excavated.

Millions of Jewish pilgrims once ascended the ancient path to reach the Temple.

It was only rediscovered two decades ago after a sewerage pipe burst.

According to Ari Levy from the Israeli Antiquities Authority it was former governor of Judea Pontius Pilate who ordered the construction of the Pilgrimage Road.

The road was one of the main arteries of ancient Jerusalem and once held a bustling street market.

At the bottom of the road archaeologists have begun excavating the Pool of Siloam which will also open to the public in around two years.