The Washington Post website reports today (August 26, 2011) that Israeli experts are nearing completion of restoring the five-century-old walls of Jerusalem -- the holy city's dominant architectural feature and a unique record of its eventful and troubled history.
The $5 million undertaking -- which began in 2007 -- is set to be completed by the end of this year.
Jerusalem's stone walls are two and one-half miles in length. They include seven gates.
"On these walls you see the whole history of this city," said Avi Mashiah, the Israel Antiquities Authority architect in charge of the project.