If you ever wanted to go on a time travel, the Western Wall Tunnel is as close as it gets. From the outside the Western Wall looks pretty big. But, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Most of the Kotel – the wall – actually lies underground, and below the Old City’s streets. The tunnel will show you the full length of the wall.
Uncovering the tunnel was a long and complicated archeological project that took over 20 years, and actually isn’t over yet. The incredible findings revealed the city as it was 2,000 years ago – at its best.
Walking the tunnel you will see the “western stone” – the biggest stone in the Kotel. It is huge – about 570 tons actually. It is known to be one of the heaviest objects that was ever lifted by people without the use of powered machines.
There is also a small synagogue in the tunnel, called ‘the cave’. It is the closest point a Jewish person can get to the Holy of Holies – the most sacred point in the temple – assumed to be under the Dome of the Rock.
Here is an excellent video that walks one through the tunnels and the various highlights of a typical underground tour... I definitely recommend taking a tour of this archaeological marvel!
So in conclusion, if you are visiting the Kotel in the old city of Jerusalem, I would strongly recommend that you visit the tunnel too.
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