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Pools of Bethesda, Old City, Jerusalem
Middle East

Ruins of twin pools in the north side of the old city, close to the Lions gate.

These pools supplied water to the temple during the times of the first and second temple (until Herod). There are references in the old testament to the "upper pool", which may have been the name of the northern pool.

Adjacent to the pools were baths and a healing center. These baths are the site of the healing miracle of Jesus in the pools of the sheep market, which was also called "Bethesda".

Later, a Byzantine basilica was built over parts of the pools. The Crusaders built a small chapel over its ruins, and later a larger Basilica nearby ( St. Anna - reviewed in a separate page).

Copyright: Zoran Strajin
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Taken: 08/09/2011
Uploaded: 11/06/2012
Updated: 01/09/2014
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