The temple area was divided into courts, and the outer courts stood on the lowest ground. Worshippers entered through various gates, including those that led upward from these steps into the outer courts and then into the inner courts. Thousands of people have ascended these steps over time, including the Son of God. When the army of Titus destroyed the temple in A.D. 70, the steps were covered with debris. They were uncovered by archaeologists in the 1970s during excavation of part of the old city of Jerusalem.