|Part of an Enormous 1,000 Year Old Hospital Building (August 2013)|
|The Israel Antiquities Authority conducted an excavation in the impressive Crusader building, which stands 6 meters high, prior to the construction of a restaurant by the Grand Bazaar Company|
Until a decade or so ago the building served as a bustling and crowded fruit and vegetable market. Since then it stood there desolate. In the wake of the Grand Bazaar Company’s intention to renovate the market as a restaurant, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted archaeological soundings there.
The structure, only a small part of which was exposed in the excavation, seems to extend across an area of fifteen dunams! Its construction is characterized by massive pillars and ribbed vaults and it stands more than six meters high. The image we have is that of a great hall composed of pillars, rooms and smaller halls.
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