What strikes you as you view these images--which are just a few to illustrate the point--is their similarity. The Romans built both temporary and permanent fortresses across their vast empire. The one at top left is in Sergiopolis, Syria. Compare with the lower right view of the so-called Temple Mount in Jerusalem. That's correct, it was not an enclosure for the temple...it was Fortress Antonia, built to house the Legio X Fretensis--the 10th Roman Legion (about 5000 men)1 The temples of Jerusalem were never here: they were in the old City of David some 200 metres south near and above the Gihon Spring. Read 'THE PLACE: where Jerusalem's temples stood' available here and also visit the Base Camp page and other pages at this site, here
To the left is a gallery showing two artist's reconstructions, two photographs of ruins and at lower right, a photograph of the Jerusalem site known as Temple Mount.
The first four are Roman fortresses across Europe and elsewhere and the one at lower right is...?
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From Ian Heard