The underground Jerusalem

In 1967, in the wake of the Six Day War, then-religious affairs minister Dr. Zerah Warhaftig decided to clear, excavate and expose the entire length of the Western Wall.

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Western Wall excavated tunnel

Kotel Tunnels 311. (photo credit:

The excavations conducted 100 years earlier by Charles Wilson served as an example and inspiration.

The work was stopped in 1982 due to pressure by the Foreign Ministry and Jerusalem Municipality, but was resumed in 1985 at the initiative of Zevulun Hammer, the religious affairs minister at the time, who appointed a committee to carry it out.


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