Reaching Our Essence
Accessibility of the Western Wall Tunnels - Important Message!Due to construction work, wheelchairs will not be accessible in the Western Wall Tunnels. The Fund's management apologizes for the temporary inconvenience. The "Chain of Generations" and "A Look into the Past" are still wheelchair accessible.We apologize for the inconvenience.
Rare Stamp Found Adjacent to the Western Wall
“To the Minister of the City” – A rare stamp from the First Temple period with ancient Hebrew writing was discovered in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.The important finding was discovered during excavations conducted by the IAA in conjunction with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. According to the excavation director, “The Bible mentions two city ministers of Jerusalem. Discovery of this stamp proves that whoever held his position was active in the city 2,700 years ago.”A rare and significant archeological discovery was made during archeological excavations being conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in conjunction with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation at the Western Wall Plaza: A First Temple period stamp that had belonged to Jerusalem’s “City Minister” – the senior municipal position in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago. This stamp is an unusual piece of clay that was stamped and refined by fire. It is 13 x 15 mm, and 2-3 mm thick. Two images facing one another are visible on the upper part of the stamp, and the ancient Hebrew writing is on the bottom part.The stamp, whose use is unknown, was discovered by the excavation director, Shimon Cohen, while wet-sifting through findings of a structure from the latter part of the First Temple period (6th-7th centuries BCE). Dr. Shlomit Wexler-Bdolach, the IAA director of excavations across from the Western Wall Plaza said, “It could be that it was enclosed with some sort of important package and served as a sort of “logo” or a small memento that was added to packages sent by the city minister.” Dr. Wexler-Bdolach added that, “It is not inconceivable that one of the structures in our excavation zone was the destination of the package sent. The finding of the stamp of this prominent position and the collection of other stamps discovered in this structure in the past strengthen the position that a residential area of people who held senior positions in Jerusalem during the latter days of the First Temple period existed here, in the area of the present-day Western Wall Plaza on the western hill of ancient Jerusalem, about 100 meters west of the Temple Mount.” Wexler-Bdolach added, “This is the first time a stamp like this was found in an archeological excavation. This is archeological evidence of what is written in the Bible about the existence of a city minister in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago.”Professor Tali Ornan of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor Binyamin Zass of Tel Aviv University researched and describe the stamp. “On a double line, there are two men facing one another, one almost the mirror image of the other. Their heads look like large points with no details. The arms, facing out, are hanging down loosely and the hands are facing inward and slightly raised as though grasping something together, perhaps a crescent. Each of the two images is wearing a striped garment reaching about to the knees that are unmarked. Under the line it says in Hebrew ancient writing “To the City Minister” without separation between the words and without the definite article.“The title “city minister” is known from the Bible and from external sources and it refers to the person in charge of the city appointed by the king. Mention of Jerusalem city ministers that were appointed by the king to this most prominent position appear in the Bible twice – in Kings II, Yehoshua, Jerusalem city minister in the days of King Hezkiyahu is mentioned, and in Chronicles II there is mention of Ma’asiyahu who was Jerusalem city minister in the days of Yashiyahu.”According to IAA Jerusalem region archaeologist, Dr. Yuval Baruch, “The extraordinary importance of these findings has led the Authority to conclude that this special structure from the First Temple period, discovered at the Western Wall Plaza, should be preserved and developed as a tourist site for the general public.”The preservation work at the site under the auspices of the Israel Antiquities Authority was directed by Yossi Vaknin and Chaim Mekoriya.
A swearing-in ceremony of the recruits of the Nahal Brigade on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Western Wall.
The Western Wall is a holy site. Millions of people from all corners of the globe look to it for inspiration. Please show respect to the site and those who pray here by adhering to the following guidelines:Smoking is forbidden, Eating is forbidden, Use of cellular phones is forbiddenUse of loudspeakers is forbidden, Lighting candles is forbidden.Please dress modestlyPhotography on Sabbath and festivals is forbidden
The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.
הכותל המערבי, העיר העתיקה, ירושלים
A magical audio presentation that illustrates the chain of generations of the Jewish people and the eternal connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem.
The Western Wall Prayer Plaza is open every day of the year, twenty-four hours a day
We all know that the Western Wall, the Kotel, is the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people. We know that it is the last remnant of our Temple.We also know that Jews from around the world gather here to pray.People write notes to G-d and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall. But did you know that… Many important events took place on Mount Moriah, know later as Temple Mount.
We invite you to tour with us in ancient and modern Jerusalem, and get acquainted with a magical city that doesn’t stop to surprise and renew. Experience thousands of years of history coming to life in exciting tours above and below the ground.
Follow the paths of those who fought to keep an open passage to Jerusalem during the 1948 war & hear riveting stories of Jerusalemites' bravery during the siege.
Did you know there's more than one Wall near the Temple Mount? The Southern Wall boasts fascinating finds from Jerusalem's days of glory.
For more than 10 years the Western Wall Heritage Foundation has been bringing quality educational programming to schools and organizations abroad via video conferencing. Timed to coincide with holidays of the Jewish calendar, our video conferences employ lesson plans that are designed to not only teach about Jerusalem and the Western Wall's history in a fun and interesting way, but also strengthen the connection between the participants and these quintessential Jewish locations.
Celebrating a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Love some mystery and suspense? Experience a family tour behind the scenes of the Western Wall. Visit exciting, newly uncovered excavations that hold secrets from Jerusalem's past.
Join a tour honoring the guardians of Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967. Hear stories of rare bravery during the battle for Jerusalem and the Jewish Quarter. Come get inspired.
Jerusalem has a magical ability to attract scholars and intellectuals, even during its challenging times. This tour follows historical personalities who put their mark on the city.
"Mountain air clear as wine, and the smell of pine.." Join us for a unique tour emphasizing the harmony between songs & melodies of Jerusalem and the city's famed beauty.
Follow Jerusalem on its journey from city of kings to modern capital. Three millenia of history spreads in front of us on a tour of old and new Jerusalem.