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submitted by Turathuna Bethlehem University

A road passing the Pools leads down to the village of Artas; the name is a corruption of the Latin word Hortus, meaning garden. Its ruins are possibly those of the ancient city Etam. To the southeast, there opens a small fertile valley whose luxuriant vegetation contrasts with the aridity that enclose it on all sides. This rich valley is he site of the Gardens of Solomon. It is probable that Solomon eludes to the gardens Hortus Conclusus when he speaks of his beloved in the Canticle of Canticles: " My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed a fountain sealed up. The plants are a paradise of pomegranates".

Source: A Guide to Bethlehem and its Surroundings by Sawsan and Qustandi Shomali.

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