Virtual Tour of the Tunnels of the Western Wall
A journey through time to the depths of the history of Jerusalem
In June 2020, we ran the first London Provincial Bodyguard virtual tour of the tunnels of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The Western Wall of the Temple Mount is one of the most magnificent and significant remnants in Jerusalem from the days of the Second Temple, destroyed approximately 2,000 years ago. It stretches along almost half a kilometre, but today, the part visible to all at the Western Wall Plaza is a mere 70 metres. The tour of the Western Wall Tunnels allows you to explore segments of the wall that are generally hidden from view. Our personal guide uses the tour, video and slides to take us on a personal journey through these ancient and fascinating subterranean spaces with exquisite archaeological findings, such as large stone arches, water pits, an ancient water aqueduct that ends at the Strouthion Pool. With special references for the Knights Templar, and views around the city, you get to see exactly how it has changed and developed over the centuries.
Feedback from a participant: “Our guide, Scholmo (I've probably got that wrong) seems to live for his subject and at the same time has the facility of making it interesting and accessible for everyone. He seems to have a personal mission to spread the knowledge and enthusiasm for what is there as far and wide as possible. His use of Zoom in these circumstances greatly enhanced the experience enabling him to follow and explain particular points and questions around the city in a way that would have been impossible had we been standing in the tunnels. I take it he is an archaeologist first, a live guide second and a zoom guide because of circumstances.”
Why not arrange a tour for your Preceptory!
The Chaplain to the Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard is happy to organise further tours if there is sufficient demand - this is also available for members of any Order or none. The charge is £10, which allows a family to view on one computer and there will be a donation of approximately £8.50 to the Eye Hospital - if you are KT, this will be recognised by Great Priory as a donation from the Province of London.
If you would like to be put on a waiting list, or organise an event for your unit, please contact Niall at firstname.lastname@example.org.