Wall built over Kosel

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    At the Kosel, if you go inside to the covered portion, the “wall” is in fact an arch. It isn’t a straight up wall as it is outside. So it appears the inside wall is in fact built over by the Byzantines or Crusaders or Turks and is not Hordus’ original kosel. If this is correct why are people davening there rather than by the original portion that remains uncovered from later additions?


    cause who cares


    The stones in the Kosel are Herodian stones. The Kpsel eas not part of the Bais Hamikdosh, just part of the exterioir retaing wall.

    People are somewhat spoiled by the current Plaza. The Wall was never treated with respect by the Muslims and was always used as a building wall for other structures. If you see pictures of the Wall pre-1967, it’s rather unimpressive; a small exposure on a narrow street filled with Arab housing. Jews get to the site of the Bais Hamikdash

    By the way, if you take the Tunnel tour, the still unexposed portion continues down to where the corner fortress was, and you walk on actual Herodian street that paralled the Wall.


    Somehow I dropped a sentence

    Jews [rayed here, when allowed by the authorities, because it was the closest Jews could get to the site of the Bais Hamikdash

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