Garo Nalbandian

The southern end of the eastern wall. To the right of the Herodian tower were two entrances, now filled in, that led to storage vaults beneath the Temple platform. The Herodian southern extension of the eastern wall began just to the right of these passageways. The point where the Herodian extension began is easily visible today as a seam in the masonry wall, usually called the “straight joint.” On the left (southern) side of the straight joint are smooth-bossed Herodian blocks; on the right are rough-bossed Hasmonean blocks.