Room 39 – The Shushan Gate, a Hidden Gateway Mentioned in the Mishna

Exhibit 39a- Tombs of the Mercy Gate. In ages past there was a great epidemic in Jerusalem. Many Moslems died and they were buried in a mass grave in front of the Mercy Gate. Over the years, the bodies decomposed and compressed. This created a cavern underground in the cemetery. Very few people knew of this secret cavern. When the Moslems heard of the cavern, they filled it in with trash and debris.

Exhibit 39b- The Cavern. Very few photos were taken inside this small cavern. In the back against the wall, you can see the upper portion on an arch.

Exhibit 39c- The Shushan Gate. The arch in the wall is the upper portion of the Temple’s Shushan Gate.