Lavish Second Temple period building found by Western Wall in Jerusalem


JPost: In the first century CE, just decades before the Temple was destroyed by the Romans, Jerusalem was a booming city, buzzing with pilgrims and a frenzy of construction.

A glimpse into its hectic life some 2,000 years ago will be offered to modern visitors by a recently uncovered grand building that will soon be part of the Western Wall  Tunnels itinerary, the Antiquities Authority and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation announced Thursday.

Archaeologists uncovered the lavishly endowed building, which was erected around 20-30 CE. It was probably used to welcome important dignitaries and members of the elite on their way to visit the Temple Mount, they said. Read More