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The Cardo Maximus (Jerusalem's main thoroughfare)

The Cardo Maximus was the main thoroughfare of the Emperor Hadiran’s 2nd Century CE Aelia Capitolina. It was a wide, stone-paved and colonnaded road that led through the heart of the city from the north at the Damascus Gate to the south with an unknown end point.

The southern end of the road was excavated in the 1970s during the reconstruction of the city’s Jewish Quarter. Excavators uncovered a section of the road, now located below ground level and accessible for visitors to walk upon today. This section of road was dated to the Emperor Justinian’s rebuilding programme of the 6th Century CE to link the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the newly constructed Nea Church. It should therefore be viewed as a later addition to the original Roman road as no evidence of an earlier pavement was excavated below.

Creator

Lucy O'Connor

Date of Visit

9th July 2013

Contributor

Lucy O'Connor

Rights

Metadata and all media released under Creative CommonsCreative Commons BY-NC-SA unless otherwise indicated

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Archaeological Site

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Collection

Jerusalem

Item Type

Architecture

Citation

Lucy O'Connor, “The Cardo Maximus (Jerusalem's main thoroughfare),” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed August 14, 2018, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/862.

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