“It is possible that the importance of the building, and the need to bless its activity with luck by burying a foundation deposit, was due to its proximity to the Siloam Pool, which was also used in the Roman period as the central source of water within the city.”
The pilgrim road or stepped street is a Late Roman Period street that runs from the sacred Temple Mount in Old Jerusalem to the Pool of Siloam.
The Pool itself is rock-cut pool on the southern slope of the City of David, which is considered by many to be the point from which ancient Jerusalem expanded.
According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the pilgrim road was built under Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea.
The road led to Jerusalem’s Temple, the holiest site in the Hebrew world.