What to do in Israel | Western Wall Tunnels

You will surely see the Western Wall when you visit the Old City of Jerusalem. The Western Wall is the only remains of the retaining wall surrounding the Temple Mount, the site of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem, held to be the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people.

Western Wall

Western Wall

To celebrate the arrival of Shabbat, there is always a large crowd at sunset on Friday. The Western Wall Plaza is a popular site for bar mitzvahs which are usually held on Shabbat or on Monday and Thursday mornings. This is an excellent time to visit as the area is lively with families singing and dancing as they approach.

Western Wall

Western Wall Tunnel Tour

The part visible to all at the Western Wall Plaza is a small section (70m) of a much larger, mostly underground wall that stretches almost 500m long. Its greatness is truly awed when you descend underground to the Western Wall Tunnels. Walking through the tunnels, it is possible to see an ancient aqueduct, water pits, old cisterns, and Second Temple-era homes. You also get to touch the original and special stones from various periods. Many of these building stones are huge. The largest of these is the Western Stone, measuring up to 13m long and weighing over 500 tonnes.

Western Wall Tunnel

Western Wall Tunnel

Western Wall Tunnel

If you are interested in a deeper look at the history of the Western Wall and Temple Mount, then this tour is worth 75 minutes of your time.

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