The Southern Wall Archaeological Park (known also as “Jerusalem Archaeological park”) is the biggest archaeological park in Jerusalem. It’s the result of several large scale excavation projects following the Six Days War. This site presents the finds made in the digs front of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. The park is also a popular place for various public events.
History of the site
Following the Six Days war in 1967, the city of Jerusalem was unified. Among the many changes and developments, large scale excavations were launched around the Temple Mount, and especiallly along its Southern Wall. The excavations yielded a wealth of finds from different historical periods. Eventually the site developed into a big archaeological park, used also for public events.
Touring the Southern Wall Archaeological Park
The entry to the park is next to the Dung gate. The site presents a wide range of finds, from different period. The most remarkable discoveries are from the first century and early Muslim period (7th-8th Centuries CE). The most moving finds from a Jewish perspective are those related to the Jewish pilgrmage to the Temple some 2000 years. It inlcudes wide cobbled streets and shops. These shops were probably for the purchase of animal sacrifices. Dozens of ritual baths were also discoevered in the park. They were designed to ensure the purity of the pilgrims before entering the Temple Mount. Finally, wide stairways led the pilgrims into the Temple Mount itself through monumental gates. These gates however were blocked in the middle ages and are closed to this day.
The site is also a remarkable experience for Christians. Jesus probably walked and preached in this public area leading into the Temple Mount. Its possibly also where he turned the tables of the money changers and the dove sellers.
In 2002 an innovative visitors center was added to the Park. Named after its benefactor, the Davidson Center presents selected finds from the site with accompanying videos.
Book a Private Tour of the Southern Wall Archaeological Park
The Southern Wall Archaeological Park takes about 1-4 hours to explore. Contact us for a proposal of a full day tour of Jerusalem, that will also include the site
Bar-Mitzvah at the Southern Wall Archaeological Park
The park has three areas where a Bar-Mitzvah Ceremony can take place. The first is “Azrat Israel“, facing the Western Wal. The second is the first century street in front of the Western wall, beneath Robinson arch. For a big Bar-Mitzvah production it is also possible to set an event in the roofed area facing the Southern Wall.
All of these locations have the advantage of not being bound to Orthodox regulations and restrictions, unlike at the Western Wall Plaza.
Presention of the Southern Wall Archaeological Park, 2011
Points of Interest in the Area
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