The Archeology Page
The HolyLand Hotel model in Jerusalem
The HolyLand Hotel has built a model of the old city of Jerusalem at the
time of the second temple.
The pictures of the housing
development in south Jerusalem and the largest
shopping mall in the middle east were taken from this point.
The Wohl Archeological Museum
We walked north on Jewish Quarter road, past some roman ruins at the Cardo.
All roman cities have a cardo, which is a north-south road with columns
on either side. We saw the Hurvan Synagogue. Hurva means "to
be brought down", hurban (n) means "ruin". This synagogue has been
destroyed many times, and now all that is left is a single slender arch
of Jerusalem stone. We saw a remnant of the original wall of the
city on Ha-malkah street in the Armenian quarter.
Then we went to the Wohl Archeological museum.
The museum is fascinating at several levels. What struck me at
first glance was that the museum was a clever balance between the needs
of valuable real estate and the needs of archeology. The museum is
an archeological site built underneath apartments. It is the remains
of a house that was possibly the home of a high priest. The house
was destroyed by fire in 70 CE and we actually touched the soot.
Tunnel at the foot of the Western Wall
There is a remarkable feat of engineering underneath the Moslem quarter
of Jerusalem: a tunnel that exposes the base of the western wall of the
temple mount. The tunnel is roughly 488 m long and slopes gently
upwards to the north. We wound up across the street from the Church
of the Flagellation.
Somewhere in the middle of the tunnel is a point which is closest to the
Holy of Holies. Nobody knows where the Holy of Holies really is, but some
think that this point is it.
For more information on The Wall (a.k.a. the western wall, a.k.a. the
wailing wall) see the official web site.