Western Wall Tunnel in Jerusalem

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The Western Wall Tunnel is a tunnel found underground revealing the whole view of the Western Wall.  It is situated under buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel and it is close to the Western Wall.  The external part of the wall is roughly 60 m long, while the greater part of it is hidden underground.

In the 19th century, researchers from Jerusalem were trying to uncover the exact dimension of the Western Wall and illustrate the techniques used in its formation.  Since they were not able to determine its accurate length, their information was unfinished. However, Charles Wilson in 1864 and Charles Warren in 1867-1870, both British scholars revealed the Western Wall Prayer Plaza’s northern extension.  Right after the Six Day War, the Ministry of Religious Affairs began its project of exposing the entire length of the Western Wall.

The operation was complicated as they experienced problems along the way.  For almost twenty years, their hardships were finally paid-off, as the Western Wall was finally unearthed; along with it are historical treasures that were amazing.  Through this project, Jerusalem from over 2,000 years ago was rediscovered.

The Western Wall tunnel includes remains of the road that go beside the Temple Mount, a Hasmonean-era channel and a lot more. The most wonderful feature is a single 45-foot stone that weighs in at 550 tons outlining part of the wall.

All the archaeological finds are made public to the visitors through the Western Wall Tunnel.  It allows access to the public enjoying the additional 485 meters of the wall. The place is wheelchair accessible.  Audio and visual aids, as well as guides are available to help the people delve into the mysteries of the tunnel.

The project is not thoroughly complete.  A lot is yet to be revealed through the coming years.

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Posted by Charlotte on Monday, May 2nd, 2011. Filed under Destinations. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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