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010 Conserving and Salvaging the Stones of the Western Wall

Meeting place: the entrance to the Archaeological Park – Davidson Center, next to Dung Gate

In the summer of 2018, right after the end of Tisha B’Av, a stone dislodged from the Western Wall, fell down and nearly hit the head of a woman worshipper. Following that incident, the Conservation Department at the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted a meticulous survey of the Wall’s stones, in addition to extensive conservation works designed to stabilize and salvage them. Coupled with the measures taken to conserve this 2,000-year-old monument, additional research studies and surveys were also conducted, including archaeological and epigraphic research on the inscriptions carved on the Western Wall stones, chemical research and analysis, tests and radar scanning, and a detailed nature infrastructure survey that mapped the flora and fauna in the Western Wall. The hourlong tour will be led by the architect Yonathan Tzahor, the Jerusalem district conservation planner at the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Conservation Department, which is spearheading the project together with the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter.

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Advance reservations required; the tour is limited to 30 participants.

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Thursday, 18.11, 09:00No availability
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