The Western Wall Tunnels, Jerusalem

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First excavated by archeologists in 1864, The Western Wall Tunnels allow visitors access to an enclosed 485 m (1,591 ft) of the famous retaining wall that served as a support for King Herod's Second Temple expansion. The tunnels run underneath the buildings in Jerusalem's old town, lending insights into the architectural strategies and water collection technologies that enabled the temple's construction. The tunnels are quite narrow and dark; booking a guide beforehand or joining an ongoing tour is the only way to partake in the experience. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Jerusalem holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Western Wall Tunnels and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 15, 2017
    An intriguing trip along the Western walls of the Temple Mount. You stand there amazed at how they have stacked the stones on each other in the year 0.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The tour exists to show the walls of the second temple are still there and go through the muslim quarter. For the jews that lead the tour, this proves they were there before muslins, but to me is more...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The tour was great, with a good mix of general explanations about the temples and hands on visualization of the stones, the styles of building during the different periods, etc. Our guide in English w...  more »

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