Western Wall Tunnels - The Largest Stone

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We've entered the Tunnels, we've walked uder the Muslim quarter, and now we're back at the hidden parts of the Western Wall Looking at the Western Wall we notice different kinds of construction These are two different periods in the Western Wall. Above us, these upper parts are Muslim renovation from 1400 years ago but from here, all the way until the actual bedrock of the valley, this is Jewish construction from 2000 years ago. Notice at this beautiful frame these stones are aligned, one near each other and one on top of the other perfectly, symetrically, with no cement in between to glue the stones together. This is what we call dry construction kind of like lego and here, the largest stone found in the Temple Mount. It's length is 54ft long, longer than a bus. It's height - 12ft high - and it's depth inside - 14ft almost 600 tons, equivalent to almost 200 elephants. and in a modern scale, 2 747 jumbo jets with the people, and the luggage, after shopping in Israel - that's heavy! and the big quiestion is - how? How did someone carve a stone like this? How did they roll it here? How did they lift it so high up? And how did they place it so neatly? Archaeologists, mathemeticians, physicists today do not know how, with the lack of technology, they were able to move something so big. Call it a mystery In the year 70, when Titus destroys the Temple, his soldiers are standing above our heads and pushing stones down from the Western Wall, stone after stone, row after row until they get to the biggest stone. They start carving into the stone. Notice you can see the bottom frame of the stone, but where's the upper frame? It's gone. It was destroyed by the Romans. Luckily for us, instead of them breaking the stone, eventually the stone broke them leaving us a beautiful 2000 year old testimony.

Western Wall Tunnels - The Largest Stone

The Largest Stone, also known as the 'Western Stone', is the biggest stone of the Western Wall in Jerusalem and can be found in the Kotel Tunnels. It is recorded as one of the heaviest objects ever lifted by humans without the assistance of any machinery. This stone is about 45 feet in length (13.6 meters), about 13 ft. wide (4 meters), and weight about 570 tons. The Largest Stone was revealed by during the Western Wall tunnel excavations. The open area of the Western wall is about 200 feet in length and most of it is buried under the ground. The tunnels serve as an avenue for additional access of the wall at about 1600 feet. The Largest Stone has revealed interesting discoveries from the Second Temple period regarding King Herod building techniques and masonry. Scientists and archaeological differ regarding the way the 'Western Stone' was placed. Some believe it was brought there using a series of tree logs while others contend that it is part of the Temple Mount bedrock which was carved to fit the Western Wall. It is supposed that the Largest Stone was the first stone of the Western Wall on and around which the rest of the Western Wall was built. By the Largest Stone in the Western Wall tunnels, is a sealed gate which once lead to the Temple, It is named Warren's gate after the explorer who discovered it in the 19th century. This passage was closed in order to block the entrance to Solomon’s Stables, located on the Temple Mount underneath the al-Aqsa Mosque. Also by the Stone is a small synagogue. This is the closest point to where once stood the Holy of Hollies of the Second Temple and many visitors pray and spend some reflective time in this Jewish holy site in the Western Wall Tunnels.

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