Western Wall Tunnels - Warren's Gate

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As you can see, we're looking at a gate. The entrance, one of 4, in the Western Wall to the Temple Mount and through this gate, Jews would enter the Temple Mount through a very wide corridor beneath the floor of the Temple Mount. This corridor continues on inside, 90ft and at the end of it there are stairs going up to the floor of the Temple Mount. 1400 years ago, when the Muslims come to Jerusalem, they allow the Jewish community to establish here, at this gate, a synagogue. Jews will be praying here for hudreds of years, up to 900 years ago when the crusaders come to Jerusalem and banish the Jews. They expel them, and decide to block the entrance of this gate but please notice, the crusaders only blocked the gate halfway The upper part looks like a more modern blockage So who blocked it? Well, here comes the story 45 years ago, Israel conducts one of its most famous wars the Six Day War. The Israeli Defense Forse liberates Jerusalem and unifies the city. Archaeologists starts coming here right away. When they get to this point, where we're standing, they discover that the upper half of this gate is open, exposed. Rabbi Getz, may he rest in peace, was the Rabbi of the Western Wall at the time decides to go inside, into the Temple Mount, and he starts digging in the mountain itself because he believes that the vessels of the Temple are buried somewhere near He has one small problem. The Wakf, the Jordanian-Arab authority, that has control over the Temple Mount, given by the State of Israel, hear him dig, and they go down, and the Rabbi gets asked to come out and because of international pressure, this gate is blocked completely Since then, till today, this is the status quo. Nobody digs beneath the Temple Mount We're standing now in the closest place a Jewish person can get, to the Holy of Holies while walking along the Western Wall in a straight line, perpendicular to where we're standing at a distance of 300ft, is the Foundation Stone, the peak odf the mountain

Western Wall Tunnels - Warren's Gate

Warren’s Gate refers to an ancient passage which lead to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It was names after Charles Warren who is one of the explorers who excavated the Western Wall area which led to the discovery of the Western Wall Tunnels. Warren’s Gate is the closest point to where once stood the 'Holy of Holies', where the 'Ark of the Covenant' was stored, in the Jewish Second Temple.Warren’s Gate is one of the four gates that once lead to the Temple Mount on its western side. It is situated at about 150 feet from the entrance the beginning of Western Wall Tunnels. After the conquest of Jerusalem by the Muslim Umayyad Caliphate from the hands of the the Christian Byzantine Empire in 638 the Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab permitted the Jews to pray by the Western Wall and inside the Kotel Tunnels. So the Jews built synagogues at the foundation of the Tempe Mount. In 1099, the Crusaders conquered Jerusalem and demolished the synagogue of the Western Wall Tunnels referred to as the “cave”, and transformed it to cistern.Today, Warren’s gate serves as an attraction to local and tourists visiting the Holy City as well as thousands of worshipers who wish to pray as close as they can to the Temple Mount and the place of Holy of Holies of the Second Temple. Warren’s Gate - Hiding Place of the Ark of Covenant? There are some who claim that when King Solomon built the First Temple, he knew that it was destined to be destroyed by his enemies so he built a special place where the Ark of the Covenant will be hidden. Later on, King Josiah ordered that the Ark be put on that hidden place prepared by King Solomon not long before the invasion of the Babylonians. Some speculate this hidden place to be underneath the Western Wall Tunnels.Warren’s Gate is characterized by decorative details and engravings. It is one of the most important historical and religious remains of the Second Temple in Jerusalem which is why it serves as a major attraction to pilgrimage site in Jerusalem. A tour to Jerusalem will never be complete without witnessing the Western Wall Tunnels and Warren’s Gate.

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