Garo Nalbandian

A 19th century lithograph of the “Ecce Homo” arches. Once attributed to the time of Jesus and identified as the place where Pilate said “Behold, the man” (Ecce Homo) (John 19:5), this three-part gateway is now dated to Aelia Capitolina, the second century A.D. Roman Jerusalem rebuilt by Hadrian on the ruins of the city destroyed in 70 A.D. Here we see the large central archway and one of its two smaller flanking arches. Since the last century, when this lithograph was made, the Sisters of Zion convent was built, incorporating the small arch and a portion of the larger central one into its chapel. The remainder of the central arch spans the street known as the Via Dolorosa, outside the convent.