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Jerusalem Sights

Western Wall Tunnel

Updated 05/19/2013

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The long tunnel beyond the men's side of the Western Wall is not a rediscovered ancient thoroughfare but was deliberately dug in recent years with the purpose of exposing a strip of the 2,000-year-old Western Wall along its entire length. The massive construction, part of a retaining wall of King Herod's Temple Mount, includes two building stones estimated to weigh an incredible 400 tons and 570 tons, respectively. Local guided tours are available and are recommended—you

can visit the site only as part of an organized tour—but the times change from week to week (some include evening hours). The tour takes about 75 minutes; among the attractions are a kinetic model of the Western Wall and some of the mammoth building stones. During daylight hours, tours end at the beginning of the Via Dolorosa, in the Muslim Quarter. After dark, that exit is closed, and the tour retraces its steps through the tunnel. The ticket office is under the arches at the northern end of the Western Wall plaza.

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North of Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

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02-627–1333

Sight Details:

  • NIS 30
  • Sun.–Thurs. 7 am–late evening (changing schedules), Fri. and Jewish holiday eves 7–noon. Call ahead for exact times of tours.

Updated 05/19/2013

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Western wall

Western Wall (Wailing Wall) is the holiest place for Jews second only to the Temple Mount where was located the Temple. The wall is a remnant of the courtyard that surrounded the Temple. The Temple was destroyed in70 CE and the wall is where Jews feel to be the closest to God. For more info go to Brisk Israel

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