Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah

STICKING TO THE GRID. To maintain a relatively level road and the orthogonal north-south/east-west street plan of a proper Roman city, the Roman engineers were forced to cut the eastern cardo into the bedrock of the Western Hill’s slope, creating a manmade 35-foot vertical cliff. This rocky cliff, seen next to the remains of medieval walls that were built on top of the cardo shops, separates the current Jewish Quarter of the Old City from the Western Wall plaza.