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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 484

APPENDIX. THE POSITION OF THE SACRED SITES. THERE are very many difficulties in the way of a reconstruction of the City of Herod. The course of the second and third walls, the position of Antonia, and even that of the Temple itself, have been made the subject of very keen and bitter controversy ; and, coming to later times, the site of Constantine's buildings on and round the Holy Sepulchre has been assigned to two positions. Without attempting to go thoroughly into the question, which would not only take too much space, but would give this volume a character quite foreign to our purpose, let us only state the ground taken up as to the two chief sites ouly, that of the Temple and that of the Holy Sepulchre. Everyone has seen plans of the modern city. The eastern side is mainly occupied by what is called the Haram Area, a four-sided space surrounded by vast walls, which are, in some places, buried a hundred feet deep in debris. One only of its angles is a ]erfect right angle, that at the south-west corner. In the middle is a platform constructed round a rough rock, projecting above the surface ; in the rock is a cave. Above it is the Kubbct-es-Sakhrah —the Dome of the Eock—an octagonal building of very great beauty. Along the southern wall are various mosques and praying places, the most conspicuous being the Jami'-el-Aksa. Tradition has always assigned to the platform in the centre the site of Solomon's and Herod's Temples, but Mr. Fergusson, followed by Messrs. Lewin, Thrupp, and others, places the Temple in the southwest corner, measuring off six hundred feet from each angle to get its limits. W e have thus, without considering minor points of difference, two sites for the Temple.

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