Ancient Greek Fortress Found In A Car Park

The discovery solves one of Jerusalem’s most enduring mysteries

Fragments of the Acra, an ancient Greek fortress built by King Antiochus IV, have been found under a car park in Jerusalem.

Archaeologists unearthed a section of wall more than 20 metres long and 4 metres wide that they believe is the base of a tower.

Weapons including lead slingshots, stone catapults and bronze arrowheads were also found.

According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, ““They are the silent remains of battles that were waged there at the time of the Hasmoneans, in their attempt to conquer the citadel which was viewed as a ‘thorn in the flesh’ of the city.”

Now more than 2,000 years old, the fortress was built in 168BC to subdue the population of the City of David after King Antiochus IV sacked the city. After a long siege, the structure eventually fell, forcing the Greeks to surrender.

Excavations have been underway for ten years, but this is the first time any remains of the stronghold have been found.

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