Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Ein Kobi

On the road to Beitar Illit is a little park.  At the back of the park is a narrow paved road leading into a valley with vineyards and… a 2,000 year old Jewish village from Roman times, Ein Kobi…

Not much is left above ground except foundations and one building, though that building may be of a later age.

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Steps!  The tops of the loose stones are cemented by the parks authority to prevent additional deterioration and keep the area safe for visiting.

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It was something reasonably large.  Think your building wall is going to last over 1,000 years?

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This is the highlight of the site.  Through a set of stairs one enters a very large extremely well engineered and constructed underground cistern.  From the cistern extends a water tunnel (behind me in the picture) to a lower section of the village.  Meaning, cistern, pool, running water, irrigation.  Wow.

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Just another site by the roadside in the Holy Land.

1 comments:

Neshama said...

What do you think this might have been? Agricultural? Residential? Or maybe this connected to a waterway to the Temple, or from the Temple?

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