Monday, May 18, 2009

Roman paving stones on the Via Dolorosa

This is how the narrow lanes of Jerusalem's Old City look today. Modern pavement. This big improvement was made in 1977.
Some tourists walk on this plaque in one street without noticing. But it gives great news!
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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32 comments:

ewok1993 said...

That is amazing. I would love to see Jerusalem some day.

Jedediah said...

I love old Roman streets, it gives you a real sense of history.

SandyCarlson said...

Which raises the question, how many times does a community really want to pave a road?

Great story and photos. Thanks, Dina!

Caprice- said...

Dina,
Great posts. Thanks for the link to Meead. I am studying the book of Daniel now and that was a wonderful find! To see the tombs of the kings that took over Babylon. Wonderful!
I would feel the same as you do about these stones- so unbelievable to walk on something from ancient times. I'm awed thinking about it.
Thanks for your wonderful blog about Jerusalem. I would love to go there someday but I think your blog is as close as I'll ever get.
Caprice

Erin said...

i can understand totally.
when i walk along the appian way in rome i get the same feeling.

Caprice- said...

Dina,
I forgot to add that yes, the header photo is the lake I live near: Lake Don Pedro in the gold country of the Sierra foothills in California.
Thanks for stopping by my blog- hope to see you there again soon.
Caprice

fishing guy said...

Dina: what a wonderful look into your world and the new city of Jerusalem.

Jenn Jilks said...

Great shots! What a different world.

Babooshka said...

Until reading this it really hadn't occurred to me that there you are walking on Roman Streets. You make history alive and I envy amount you have there.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Being able to walk on those stones would be wonderful. Makes me wonder who in history also walked on those same stones.

Katney said...

It's been 44 years since I visited Jerusalem. It's nice to be able to revist every day.

Kendris said...

Not surprising that the stones have worn smooth; how many feet must have walked over them since they were first laid!

Thank you for the pictures and the history!

Cloudia said...

Wow, how exciting to see! Through you we walk history. aloha, Dina

Sally in WA said...

Great piece of history that is being shared that way.

Pietro said...

Dina, this is so interesting and attractive! I well understand you get excited when you walk on that pavement.
About your question, yes, the sundial in my post tells the right time: eleven o' clock!

Hilda said...

Just the thought of walking on the same stones that Jesus himself may have walked on is making my hair stand on end. Truly awe-inspiring.

spacedlaw said...

I remember guiding a friend in Ostia antica and her feeling that the old roman streets were full of ghosts.

Vamsee said...

Walking on history indeed!! What a sweet and informative post.

Keep up the good work.

Vamsee
http://letsgoforavacation.blogspot.com/

jeannette stgermain said...

Wow, I know this is just one of the discoveries of times confirming the writings of about in the Old and New Testament. It's really a puzzle to me how some can bypass these discoveries and maintain that Israel as a nation is a figment of the imagnization - are they brain dead or something?
Can imagine that it'x exciting "to walk on history!"

Arija said...

Dina this is absolutely awesome it reminds me of walking alone in Pompeii. The stones are polished by so many feet, like walking on the lay lines that have been a magnet for human feet since time immemorial. Your post is so very beautifully photographed as well.

Reader Wil said...

Dina, I can understand that you feel excited when you are walking on these stones! It's great! Thanks for sharing!

Abe Lincoln said...

The stones are truly remarkable to see again and to walk on them would be almost spiritual. I really like this kind of history that repeats itself.

Gobsmacked

Karen said...

Sadly, those that don't stop to read the plaque, will never know that they are walking in the steps of history ! I can understand how excited you feel !

Very cool photos of a city I want to visit, someday ..

Tammie Lee said...

I love stone work and there are some beautiful big stones in your images. Thank you for sharing.

Jane said...

I know what you mean, we feel like that when we visited Pompeii, thank you for sharing them its nice to see a bit of culture and heritage.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

I always like the authentic feel of a historic like this ... One day, I hope, I will be able to walk on Jerussalem's streets. (My wife did it once; I'm still waiting for my turn :D)

A lot of shaloms to you too, Dina.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

I seem to show up late in the game but I was laughing at the kiln shelves stacked up. Some things don't change. Loading the kilt is an art in itself
BTW: My partner, a few years, back fashioned a pair of sandals for me from a pattern he found through a Roman empire reenactment group. (thats a story in itself) Very similar to that of which you've posted. They're ill fitting but I like um anyhow

Catherine said...

I follow you on this lanes, Dina !
Unbelievable. Slippery or not, that was a great idea to incorporate it to the new pavement.
Stones of Glory.

GMG said...

Hi Dina! Sorry for the absence, but I’ve been busy with my parents’ health; almost 180 years to care... ;)
Wonderful post! It's not everyday that you walk on a more than 2000 years old pavement...

Blogtrotter is showing the new Vilnius as well as the old University. Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

susieofarabia said...

A truly amazing post - unbelievable that the streets have endured that length of time - incredible!

Karyn said...

Oh My goodness - it is amazing that you could walk on a street paved with stones from such a long time ago. I would wonder about those who had walked on them when they were new.

good for you to not let the experience get old for you!

Kay said...

All this is especially fantastic to somebody from Hawaii where we don't have a ton of antiquities. You live in an area where the past still lives around you. Wow!