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The Western Wall Tunnels

A journey through time to the depths of the history of the capital of Israel

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The Western Wall Tunnels

Jerusalem’s glory is revealed from deep inside the earth

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The Western Wall Tunnels

New discoveries reveal the story of this magical city

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 Due to construction work at Beit Strauss, the mivke will be closed.
Please follow visitor information for a notice on reopening.
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Important notice

Entrance to the Old City from Jaffa Gate will be closed to traffic from
8 p.m.- midnight on the following dates: May 25-June 2 (17th Iyar-25th Iyar)  

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The Western Wall
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation’s call center for booking tours to the Kotel sites and around Jerusalem is open Sunday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
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Tours of the Western Wall Tunnels

Opening Hours – Western Wall Tunnels

Sunday- Thursday - from 7 a.m. until late at night
Friday - 7:00 a.m.- noon (during Daylight Savings Time open until 1 p.m.)
Saturday Evening - Based on reservation

Uncovering the Western Wall Tunnels

The size of the Western Wall (known as the Kotel) and the method of its construction have occupied Jerusalem researchers from as far back as the 19th century. In 1864, an engineer and archeologist by the name of Charles Wilson arrived in the Land of Israel; his first task was mapping the city of Jerusalem. In early 1867, about two years after Wilson’s discoveries, another British researcher arrived in Jerusalem as an emissary of the British Foundation for the Research of the Holy Land. This researcher, Charles Warren, dug shafts at Wilson’s Arch (one of them is found in the prayer hall inside Wilson’s Arch) and reached down to the original bedrock infrastructure. During his mission to Jerusalem, Warren also uncovered one of the four entrance gates to the Temple Mount that were in the Western Wall during the Second Temple period that would later be named Warren’s Gate. Wilson and Warren were among the first to uncover the northern continuation of the Western Wall, but had difficulty continuing organized excavations and their mission was never completed due to difficulties caused by the Ottoman government. They uncovered remnants of buildings but were not able to figure out what they were and were unable to explain their connection to each other.

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Admission- Western Wall Tunnels

Admission- Western Wall Tunnels

Adult NIS 30
Children (5-18), senior citizens, IDF soldiers, and students NIS 15

Combined tour of the Western Wall Tunnels & Chain of Generations Center
Adults NIS 50
Children (5-18), senior citizens, IDF soldiers, and students NIS 28

For information on group tours *5958
Admission includes entry to site and guided tour
Touring the site is possible only when accompanied by a certified guide.

Interesting Facts

The Western Wall Tunnels

The Western Wall Tunnels, a ‘time tunnel’ to ancient Jerusalem, expose the visitor to construction, sites, and artifacts that shed light on life in this special city during its most glamorous era, the Second Temple period.

A tour of the Tunnels unveils hidden sections of the Western Wall, and moves through underground passages, mikves and ancient water trenches, streets from the Second Temple era, a quarry used to excavate stones for the Kotel and more. The Western Wall’s enormous courses of stone are revealed in full size and magnitude, telling us about architecture and building practices of different historical eras.

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Tours in Jerusalem and at the Western Wall Tourist Sites

Tour with us in ancient and modern Jerusalem and get to know this magical and fascinating city that always has something new and surprising to see. Experience thousands of years of history coming alive above and below ground.

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Kotel Sites

The Western Wall Plaza is home to some of the most interesting historical tourist sites in the world, which offer a unique perspective on the genealogy of the Jewish people and the history of Jerusalem. We invite you to visit the sites and enjoy an empowering and unforgettable experience.