JERUSALEM (JTA) — A new conservation project to preserve the stones in the Western Wall has been instituted by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Israeli architects surveyed the holy site last year after some pieces of stone fell, and found that many of them were deteriorating. Now, and for the next three months, each stone will be individually inspected and new mortar put in as needed.
The project to conserve the stones in the Western Wall, and the conservation and development of the Western Wall compound, is one of the most complex projects of its kind ever undertaken in Israel, according to the antiquities authority.
The area where the work is taking place has been roped off. The work will be halted during the Passover holiday, which is a heavy tourist season.
"The Western Wall and the monuments around it are among the most important cultural heritage sites in the world. Every year millions of people come to Jerusalem to see them. In order to ensure a safe and comfortable experience, the site should be constantly maintained and new services developed for the benefit of the visitors," stated a news release issued Sunday.