ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER ROYAL PASSAGEWAY TO KING HEROD'S HILLTOP PALACE Ya'akov Sa'ar/GPO via Getty Images

ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER ROYAL PASSAGEWAY TO KING HEROD'S HILLTOP PALACE Ya'akov Sa'ar/GPO via Getty Images

Ariel view of the modern location of the City of David (Ophel) - Looking from South to North.  The white broken-line is where the ancient city of David was located (which is outside the city wall today).  The gold domed building is the Muslim shrine called the Dome of the Rock.  It is surrounded by ancient retaining wall of the Herodian Temple mount.  This picture gives distance perspective.  The Kidron valley can be seen on the left (?) side.

Ariel view of the modern location of the City of David (Ophel) - Looking from South to North. The white broken-line is where the ancient city of David was located (which is outside the city wall today). The gold domed building is the Muslim shrine called the Dome of the Rock. It is surrounded by ancient retaining wall of the Herodian Temple mount. This picture gives distance perspective. The Kidron valley can be seen on the left (?) side.

Possible Site Of Trial Of Jesus Uncovered By Archaeologists - Herodian steps leading down into Kishle

Possible Site Of Jesus' Trial Uncovered

Possible Site Of Trial Of Jesus Uncovered By Archaeologists - Herodian steps leading down into Kishle

Herodian:     Herod the Great built this monumental fortress and palace in the Judean desert south of Jerusalem, and was buried here. The site was a rebel stronghold during the great revolts against the Romans. It is one of the most exciting archaeological sites in Israel.

Herodian: Herod the Great built this monumental fortress and palace in the Judean desert south of Jerusalem, and was buried here. The site was a rebel stronghold during the great revolts against the Romans. It is one of the most exciting archaeological sites in Israel.

Tombs of the Patriarchs in Hebron, West Bank:  This is the second holiest site in Judaism after the Western Wall in Jerusalem and has been a Jewish pilgrimage destination from earliest times to today.  Genesis 23:19 and 25:9 "Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave on the plot of land at Machpelah to the east of Mamre, which is Hebron, in Canaan.... [Abraham's] sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him in the cave at Machpelah... with his wife Sarah."

Tombs of the Patriarchs in Hebron, West Bank: This is the second holiest site in Judaism after the Western Wall in Jerusalem and has been a Jewish pilgrimage destination from earliest times to today. Genesis 23:19 and 25:9 "Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave on the plot of land at Machpelah to the east of Mamre, which is Hebron, in Canaan.... [Abraham's] sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him in the cave at Machpelah... with his wife Sarah."

Southern retaining wall of the Herodian Temple mount.  The stairs led up to the court of the gentiles.  The red-roofed basilica is called the Royal Stoa.   (Model, Holy Land Hotel, Jerusalem)

Southern retaining wall of the Herodian Temple mount. The stairs led up to the court of the gentiles. The red-roofed basilica is called the Royal Stoa. (Model, Holy Land Hotel, Jerusalem)

Looking south down the Herodian street along the Western Wall at the southwest end of the Temple Mount.  Robinson’s Arch. Stones from the Jewish Temple and broken Herodian ashlars lay at the base of the Temple Mount wall right were they landed in 70 AD when the Tenth Roman Legion destroyed the temple and its courts.

Looking south down the Herodian street along the Western Wall at the southwest end of the Temple Mount. Robinson’s Arch. Stones from the Jewish Temple and broken Herodian ashlars lay at the base of the Temple Mount wall right were they landed in 70 AD when the Tenth Roman Legion destroyed the temple and its courts.

A vaulted passageway entered from the Western Wall Prayer Plaza. It leads under the Street of the Chain to the tunnels along the northern portion of the Western Wall.

A vaulted passageway entered from the Western Wall Prayer Plaza. It leads under the Street of the Chain to the tunnels along the northern portion of the Western Wall.

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