During the Jerusalem Municipality's development work in 1977, they discovered Roman paving stones on a lower level. Stones from the 3rd or 4th century!
They were brought up and incorporated into the present street level in a few places. Brilliant! Now you really feel like you are walking on history!
This land was part of the Roman Empire from 63 BCE to 313 CE.
The Romans made grooves, striations, to prevent horses from slipping.
But the smooth stone of both the old and the new pavements is slippery, especially when wet.
Walking on Roman pavement is just a normal thing for the Old City residents, but I still get excited every time my feet touch them.
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