The Wonder of the Western Wall
At God's holy hill
Most of the Wall’s stones weigh between two and eight tons each, but one in the northern section is estimated at 570 tons. The next four layers were added in the 7th century. The next fourteen layers are from the Ottoman period and attributed to Sir Moses Montefiore who in 1866 arranged that further layers be added “for shade and protection from the rain for all who come to pray by the holy remnant of our Temple.” The top three layers were placed by the Mufti of Jerusalem between 1920 and 1967.
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