Roman Theater Uncovered at Base of Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Israel’s Antiquities Authority’s Tehillah Lieberman stands in an ancient Roman theater-like structure at the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem’s old city, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Israeli archaeologists have announced the discovery of the first known Roman-era theater in Jerusalem’s Old City, a unique 1,800-year-old structure abutting the Western Wall that is believed to have been built during Roman Emperor Hadrian’s reign. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists on Monday announced the discovery of the first known Roman-era theater in Jerusalem’s Old City, a unique structure around 1,800 years old that abuts the Western Wall and may have been built during Roman Emperor Hadrian’s reign.

The edifice’s elegant masonry was found during excavations carried out in the past two years below the Western Wall tunnels, a warren of ancient subterranean passageways running alongside a contested Jerusalem holy site built by King Herod in the first century B.C. The excavations plunged over 6 meters (20 feet) below ground, exposing eight previously uncovered courses of the Temple Mount’s western retaining wall.

Jews consider the Temple Mount the holiest site on earth, while Muslims refer to the walled compound as the Noble Sanctuary and consider it the third holiest after Mecca and Medina. It was the site of two Jewish temples in antiquity — the second renovated and expanded by Herod — and today is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.

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  1. sennacherib
    Posted October 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    It is said that Shecky Green was held over there for 18 weeks.

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