400-year-old Mikveh Uncovered
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400-year-old Mikveh Uncovered

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Construction workers excavating for a housing project in Safed recently unearthed a rare archaeological find, the Ministry of Construction and Housing reported.

The workers uncovered a mikveh (ritual bath) that served residents of the old city of Safed about 400 years ago.

They also found traces of a bakery that operated underneath the bathhouse, as well as a furnace that served both establishments.

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