Today, please take a moment or two to enjoy this fascinating post from our ever entertaining man in the field terrytrekker 🙂 Happy reading folks!
Twenty years ago, a fellow college student showed me a Roman coin stamped with the head of the emperor Hadrian. The coin was dated around 130 AD, during the time when the Romans occupied Jerusalem. It is common knowledge that the Romans sacked Jerusalem in 10 AD, leveling the city to rubble. However, many people including myself were unaware that Hadrian later built a beautiful Roman city over the ruins during the period 130 – 140 AD. He named the city Aelia Capitolina, and it was laid out with beautiful marble roads, pillars, shops, large villas, roman baths, swimming pools, cisterns fed by an aqueduct, massive engraved gates, and a temple dedicated to the worship of Jupiter.
This beautiful city aroused my interest, and finding the city of Aelia Capitolina became my quest!
A few months later, I arrived in the old city of Jerusalem and was greeted by…
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