The Seleucid Akra



In 168 BCE, a strong fortress, the Seleucid Akra, was built to the south of the Temple Mount and east of the Huldah Gates. These were the main gates that were used by people that went up from the Lower City to the Temple. The garrison that was stationed inside the fortress, could easily control access to the Temple Mount, and the Book of Maccabees 1:38 documented that it became an ambush for the sanctuary much resented by the Jews.