Unearthing Jerusalem
Tuesday January 16th 2007, 3:01 am
Filed under: Archeology

Big sixth-century find in Jerusalem, says Israel National News:

The most extensive remains are those of a Roman-Byzantine colonnaded street — the Eastern Cardo. Included in that area is a covered stoa, a row of shops and several artifacts.

The street appears on a 6th century map known as the Medaba Map and is known as the Eastern Cardo or the Valley Cardo. The lavish colonnaded street began at the Damascus Gate in the north and led south, running the length of the channel in the Tyropoeon Valley. Sections of this street were revealed in the past in the northern part of the Old City, at a depth of about four meters (12 feet) below the pavement. The full eleven-meter (33 foot) width of the original road was exposed in the present excavation for the first time.

There’s more detail in The Jerusalem Post, too.


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This appearance of these traces of salvation history at this moment in time is almost prophetic when you consider this quote from the news you posted:

“Current plans for the partition wall will leave Solomon’s Pools outside the area of Jewish sovereignty.”

Leaving aside the question of sovereignty in the Holy Land, a touchy subject to be sure, we should perhaps reflect that the flow, the “channel of peace,” signified by these ancient sacred waterways, has been interrupted… physically and metaphysically speaking. The beautiful icon of the Annunciation at the Panagia of Kykkos in Cyprus (3D panaromic view here :
http://cyprus.arounder.com/category/fullscreen/CY000006241.html )
depicts an upper reservoir flowing down into a lower pool – representing Mary as a vessel full of grace, the sacred waterway fulfilling the promises of the Old Covenant at the dawn of the New, a sacred model for us in Christ’s Church, the temple foreseen by Jeremiah and revealed to John on Mt Patmos. Think about it, the pools are at Bethlehem, our Lord’s place of birth…

Comment by Clare Krishan 01.18.07 @ 4:05 pm

foreseen by Ezekiel of course, my bad!

Comment by Clare Krishan 01.20.07 @ 5:04 pm

I need a picture with the Panaromiv view of the City of Jerusalem, Israel. Just a general picture showing both Jewish, Christian and Islamic sights. Thank you

Comment by John 04.18.07 @ 12:03 am



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