The Burnt House

This post is Part Three of a series about the destruction of the Temples. See Part One and Part Two.

The Burnt House, located in today’s Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, was the residence of a wealthy family, possibly the priestly Kathros family. In the Second Temple period, this area was called the Upper City and housed the wealthy residents of Jerusalem.

The house was destroyed during the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE, when it was burnt down.

The site was excavated by Prof. Nachman Avigad. Inside the house, archaeologists found a spearhead as well as an arm bone belonging to a young girl.

Today, the Burnt House is a tourist attraction in the Old City of Jerusalem, with a multimedia presentation and tour.

The ruins of the Burnt House. Photo by Ardon Bar Hama.

Spearhead found in the Burnt House. Photo by Ardon Bar Hama.

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