Ecce Homo

Ecco Homo
Ecco Homo

The Ecce Homo Arch has a connection to St Paul. After Paul was seized by Jews while visiting the Temple, it was from the Antonia fortress that soldiers ran to rescue him and prevent a riot. And it was on the steps leading to the fortress that Paul addressed the crowd and avoided being flogged by announcing to a surprised tribune that he was a Roman citizen. Map.

Ecco Homo
Ecco Homo

Thousands of pilgrims each year walk under the Ecce Homo Arch near the beginning of the Via Dolorosa without realizing that extensive remains of first-century Jerusalem lie beneath their feet. For centuries Christians believed the arch was the place where Pontius Pilate displayed Jesus — beaten, crowned with thorns and clothed in a purple robe — to a hostile Jerusalem crowd with the words: “Behold the man” (“Ecce Homo” in Latin).

Archaeologists claim that the arch stood on a great plaza constructed by the emperor Hadrian when he rebuilt the city in AD 135. This is a century after Jesus was crucified.  Large sections of the plaza remain underneath the Via Dolorosa and adjacent buildings, accessible through the Ecce Homo convent of the Sisters of Zion.

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