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.