Roman aqueduct excavated in Jerusalem's Armon HaNatziv neighborhood

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 Roman aqueduct excavated in Armon HaNatziv district of Jerusalem

Sections of the lower aqueduct leading to Jerusalem have been excavated in the Armon HaNatziv area of ​​East Talpiot in Jerusalem over the past few weeks. Jerusalem's Lower Aqueduct has been the main source of water in the city for 2,000 years and can truly be called a feat of ancient engineering.

The ancient waterworks is 21 km long and stretches from the Solomon Pools south of Bethlehem to the Temple Mount in the Old the city of Jerusalem with a very slight slope – averaging just over 1 meter per kilometer.

This amazing water supply system, built at the initiative of the Hasmonean kings to increase the supply of water to Jerusalem and, in particular, to the Temple Mount, is amazing to this day. The aqueduct has been used until the beginning of British rule in 1917, when it was replaced by electric pumps.

Excavations are currently underway under the direction of Alexander Wigmann of the Israel Antiquities Authority under Alkachi Street in the Armon Hanatziv area. on conservation, the finds will be available to the public at an exhibition in the new park.

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