The Southern Wall in Jerusalem is a wall at the southern end of the Temple Mount and is the southern side of the Second Temple. It was built during the time King Herod expanded the Temple Mount platform southward.
Today, visitors in Jerusalem can find the Southern Wall within the Old City of Jerusalem. The Southern Wall area continues to be excavated and today, this section of the Old City of Jerusalem now stretches from the Temple Mount to the Mount of Olives to the Kidron Valley. The expansive and historical area is now home to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and the Davidson Center, both of which enable visitors to walk through the site’s 5000 year history.
Within this historical complex, visitors are invited to enjoy exhibitions about the Second Temple period with views of Robinson’s Arch, the City of David, the Royal Stoa, Hulda Gates and the exterior plazas; the Davidson Center also features a virtual reconstruction of the Temple Mount as it looked during Herod’s rule up until 70 CE. The Davidson Center uses state-of-the-art graphics and visualization technology to make this historical site come alive.
Access to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center is near the Dung Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Visiting hours are Sunday to Thursday from 8am until 5pm, and Friday until 2pm. Guided tours must be booked in advance; there is an admission fee for entrance to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.