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The tops of two blocked arches were recently noticed in the eastern wall of the Raised Platform on which the Nicanor Gate once stood during the Second-Temple period.  Dr. Eli David, who made the discovery, noted that neither of these arches are mentioned in Temple Mount research literature from the 19th century onward. Temple Mount expert, Dr. Leen Ritmeyer, notes that they seem to belong to a triple opening in the wall and has speculated that they were built during the crusader period, or even earlier.  He suggests that they may belong to a gate which led to an earlier underground space, perhaps from the Court of the Women into the underground Music Room in which were stored the musical instruments that the Levites played. 

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https://www.ritmeyer.com/2020/10/05/new-discovery-on-the-temple-mount-in-jerusalem-gate-in-the-easternn-wall-of-the-dome-of-the-rock-plaza/



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