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Jerusalem Sights

Broad Wall

  • Off Jewish Quarter St.
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 05/19/2013

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The discovery in the 1970s of the rather unobtrusive 23-foot-thick foundations of an Old Testament city wall was hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds in the Jewish Quarter. Hezekiah, King of Judah and a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah, built the wall in 701 BC to protect the city against an impending Assyrian invasion. The unearthing of the Broad Wall—a biblical name—resolved a long-running scholarly debate about the size of Old Testament Jerusalem:

a large on-site map shows that the ancient city was more extensive than was once thought.

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Off Jewish Quarter St., Jerusalem, 97500, Israel

Updated 05/19/2013


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