The IAA recently announced the discovery, in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, of a pool connected with a Roman military bath-house of the 10th Legion. Like so many such press releases (which are often deliberately vague as to location) it left me wondering where exactly this site was. Well, a friend and colleague of mine was curious as well and did some detective work, contacting a source in the Jewish Quarter, and received the following information:
The site of the former Roman bath is currently a construction site with no entrance to visitors. You can walk by on HaOmer Street and see the building which houses it on the left [west] side of the road, when coming [north] from HaUgav Street. If you are lucky, you’ll see someone on site who can sneak you in!!
OK, you’d need a very detailed street map of the Old City to find this, and you probably can’t get in anyway, but there it is. As a consolation prize, here’s a nice *video tour of the site, along with the story as reported by the Jerusalem Post. For all of this, I am indebted to Dr. Urban C. “Cam” von Wahlde of Loyola University’s Dept. of Theology, who has been known to frequent the Ecole Biblique and enlist me for the odd ramble around Jerusalem.
* The above link goes to the J-Post story on-line. The video has either disappeared or is now accessible only as “premium content”. (tp/10 DEC 2012)