The Wonder of the Western Wall
At God's holy hill
The height of the Wall from its foundation is estimated at 105 feet with only about 62 feet exposed. The remainder is covered with rubble from the last 2,000 years. Archeologists say the Wall consists of 45 rows of stones, 28 of them above ground and 17 underground. The first seven visible layers are believed to be from the earliest period – at least 2,100 years ago, possibly dating back to Solomon’s Temple hundreds of years earlier. This layer is composed of enormous limestone blocks believed to have been quarried at either Zedekiah's Cave or at the Ramat Shlomo quarry three miles away.
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