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Notes on the Geography of Israel: Israel and the West Bank, 2019: Photo 39

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A huge flight of stairs once led up from the left here to the temple mount. We're looking at the only surviving bit of what's called Robinson's Arch, which once supported those stairs over a road below. Built by Herod and about five meters wide, the staircase was destroyed in A.D. 70. And Robinson? That would be Edward (1794-1863), one of many Americans drawn to the Holy Land at a time when you could take a shovel and not provoke a riot.

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