Jerusalem

2,700-year-old papyrus is believed to contain earliest reference of Jerusalem

An ancient papyrus fragment, recovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), contains what is believed to be the earliest reference to Jerusalem apart from the Bible. Dating back to around 7th century B.C., and therefore older than the Dead Sea Scrolls, the document features two lines in ancient Hebrew that state: From the king's maidservant,…




2,000-year-old ritual bath found underneath a family’s living room in Jerusalem

Archaeologists, of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), have recently come across a remarkably well-preserved 2,000-year-old ritual bath, hidden underneath a family’s living room, in Jerusalem. Unearthed during a routine home renovation, in the ancient neighborhood of Ein Karem, the bath - commonly known as “mikveh” or “miqwe” - also contained broken pieces of stone and…





8 remarkable things you might not know about the Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock (Qubbat As-Sakhrah) is among the world's select few monuments that epitomizes political, religious and even architectural paradoxes. It is rightly considered as a very important Islamic shrine (not a mosque), and also believed to be among the oldest Islamic architectural specimens. However, the significance of the site on which it…