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Ritual bath found in Jerusalem

A ritual bath, used by Jewish pilgrims coming to the Temple Mount, has been found in Jerusalem.

The bath is located next to the Temple Mount, the compound in Jerusalem’s Old City where two Biblical Temples stood. The second was destroyed by Roman legions in 70 A.D.

The Israel Antiquities Authority says the stone bath was likely used for ritual purification by pilgrims who came to the Temple three times a year.

Similar ritual baths are still used by Jews for purification.

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