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There are two graves just inside the Jaffa Gate. Nobody knows whose they are. One story, says my guide, Arnon, is that they’re the architects behind the Ottoman-era city walls, slain by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent lest they ever create something as beautiful again. Another has it that the hapless architects were killed to prevent them ever revealing the wall’s tactical weaknesses, or because the walls didn’t encompass Mount Zion — associated with the ancient city of King David. “Or maybe they’re just nobodies,” he adds. “But that’s not as good a story.”

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