Leen Ritmeyer

Shops on the Southern Wall: Burnt into the Temple Mount wall, the imprint of an arch provides a ghostly reminder of the eighth day of the Hebrew month of Elul, 70 A.D. On that day in August, Roman soldiers overran the Temple and its precincts, putting everything to the torch. This small, arched cell—probably a shop—burned along with many like it on the southern wall. This arch imprint is the first one east of the Triple Gate.