Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, visited the Western Wall


The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva, began his visit on the Temple Mount and then descended to the Western Wall Plaza. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, explained to the Minister that no excavations were being done by Israel under the Temple Mount. He also told him of the Jewish nations glorious history next to them remnants of the Temple.
The Foreign Minister noted that he was happy to visit the site and that he is very familiar with the history of the Jewish people. Museums were established in Portugal that commemorate the history of the Jewish nation from the days of the Spanish Expulsion, the Minister said after reciting a prayer.

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Interesting Facts

The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.

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