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At last, incredible labyrinth of tunnels, arches and passageways are revealed to us.

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In front of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, an incredible labyrinth of tunnels, arches, and passageways remained untouched for centuries. At last, revealed through extensive archaeological excavations during the last few decades and culminating in the explosive opening of autumn of 1996, the Tunnels beckon us to enter.

Click to BeginToday we will explore that remnant of the Temple, known as the Western Wall, "Kotel" in Hebrew, and the adjacent tunnel system. Along the way we'll be privileged to view some wondrous archaeological discoveries. But more then just bricks and stones, we'll also discover a whole new spiritual world - literally under our feet, and all thanks to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, who over the years has (and is continuing) to excavate and restore this most precious and holy site.

Published: January 27, 2010


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Article 1 of 16 in the series Western Wall Tunnel Tours

Visitor Comments: 4

(4) Robert appleson, March 9, 2014 6:28 PM

Wrong use of the word EON

An eon is a minimum of 800million years.

(3) eliyahu, November 9, 2011 2:26 PM

the Kotel and the Tunnel is the most holiest sight of Israel and the Jewish all over. It is a great pleasure for me to follow with great interest and passion. I would like to thank you the people who are devoted to teach, enlighten others and me. G-D bless.

(2) Samuel L. Frydman, October 9, 2011 2:46 PM

One Sam went in and another Sam came out....

When I was in the military (1961-63), I was in southern Europe and Turkey (1963) with some leave time as Yom Kippur approached. I thought at the time that I was a modern very secular Jewish American and could choose with a rational mind where I should go. In that I am a first generation American, much of my youth was growing up in the environment of post shtetel mixed Dorchester, MA with the whole story of many Temples, Hebrew Schools, Kosher Butchers, etc. Needless to describe, I was in my rejection phase of understanding my conversations and subtle but very obvious spiritual connectivity with God. I sensed a different level and type of communication overlaying the usual mechanics of discussion. In a society grossly obsessed with free will, regardless of damages at many different levels, this 'chat' is always there when one is ready to listen. Perhaps this is why a man is told not to look into Kaballah till 40 years of age. In my case, I sort of grew into it. After two large Boston Bat Mitzvah parties, we decided that we should have our third daughter Bat Mitzvah in Israel. Something happened there. I do have relatives in Israel. My father's first cousin and his wife; both Holocaust survivors; and several other friends live in Israel. Without creating a lengthy travelogue or an in depth coming to more awareness story, I began to feel Israel with all of its golden glow and its many warts so to speak. Not just the Bat Mitzvah, Sfat, Jerusalem and the whole month of experiences, but a very cartoonish thought and feeling of an electric high power wiring to the life force and spirit of Israel and being "Jewish". Being a bit of a history buff, I now "get it in its total place in the universe". Thank you.

(1) Bryan Johnston, March 3, 2011 4:22 PM

Me and the Wall

When I was a young boy,and began learning about God or the wall,I felt drawn to it.My family had no interest in there roots and the only way I found out I was Jewish was by learning of a last name on my mother's side.My mom's mom's mom was a Jacobsen,so I checked it out.Somehow I knew I was part Jewish.I could feel it. Growing up,there wasn't much anti-semitism going on.but I always said,the only reason for historical Jew hating was because they are the highest evolved form of human life and through out their persecution,they always rose back to the top,implying others were only envious. I've suffered many self-imposed set backs on my journey,but hope to make it to the wall before I die.That special place where we can all go to talk to God.It fills people with faith and hope just imagining it.Seeing and using it will be awesome!

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