The Southern Wall is at the southern end
of the Temple Mount
and the former southern side
of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
It was built during King Herod's expansion
of the Temple Mount platform.
The Southern Wall is 922 feet in length.
The enormous retaining wall is built
of enormous blocks of Jerusalem stone,
the face of each ashlar(block) is edged with a margin.
The unmortared blocks are so
finely fitted together that a knife blade
cannot be inserted between the blocks.
Pilgrims in the time of Jesus
entered through these gates into the Temple precincts.
In the post-1967 dig,
it was discovered that the Hulda gates
led into a grand staircase
and served as the principle entrance
to the temple in the Roman period.
An enormous flight of steps leads to the
Southern Wall from the South.
They were evacuated after 1967,
by archeologist Benjamin Mazar
and are the northernmost extension
of the Jerusalem pilgrim road
leading from the Pool of Siloam
to the Temple Mount
via the Double Gate and the Triple Gate,
collectively called the Huldah Gates.
These are the steps that Jesus of Nazareth
and other Jews
of his era walked up to approach the Temple,
especially on the great pilgrimage festivals.
The stairs that lead to the double gate
are intact and "well-preserved."
Perhaps Jesus sang the songs of Ascent
as he walked up to the Temple on these very stairs.
Our Tour Group- LCMS District Presidents at the top of the Southern Steps
with Tour Leader Tom Krause on the right.
Our Tour Group-The LCMS District President's wives
at the top of the Southern steps
with Tour Leader Miriam Krause on the right.
Rev. Tom and Miriam Krause- Tour Leaders
The view of Jerusalem from the Southern steps
These large stones in front of the gate openings
are where Jesus would have passed through-
perhaps this very spot.
Breathe in the closeness of our Savior-
living, walking, singing, stopping, resting,
looking out over Jerusalem,
looking up at Temple Mount,
praying right here.