Il Santo Sepolcro Di Gerusalemme, Vol. III, Photo 120

Large stones from Hadrian’s enclosure (above the right edge of the staircase) were found in excavations east of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On several blocks the narrow margins and flat central bosses are easily seen. These ashlars come from the part of the enclosure where a piloster began (see Wall 408 on plan). The pilaster is seen on top of an inwardly angled stone above steps 10–12, counting from the bottom of the staircase. This small section of Hadrian’s enclosure wall, which provided a platform for a temple to a pagan goddess, demonstrates that Hadrian probably imitated the Herodian enclosure about the nearby Jewish Temple Mount.