Restoration of Jerusalem’s walls near completion

Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli experts are nearing completion of an ambitious restoration of the five-century-old walls of Jerusalem, the holy city’s dominant architectural feature and a unique record of its eventful and troubled history.

Mini Model of Jerusalem: Jerusalem's stone walls are 2-½ miles (4 kilometers) in length with seven gate and reflect on to the history of city.

The $5 million undertaking, which began in 2007, is set to be complete by the end of this year. The first restoration of the walls in nearly a century, it has required decisions about which of the walls’ many idiosyncrasies — the falcon nests, for example, the hundreds of machine-gun bullets, the botched restorations of years past — are flaws to be corrected, and which have earned a place in Jerusalem’s story and are thus worth preserving.

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