Israeli archaeologists have announced the discovery of a 2,000-year-old underground complex near the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Authorities uncovered the rocky remains of the subterranean system beneath the entrance lobby of the Western Wall Tunnels.
The underground system consists of an open courtyard and two rooms carved by hand into the hard bedrock.
This is the first time a subterranean system has been uncovered adjacent to the Western Wall.
Mordechai Eliav, director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation has told CBN News, the finding reveals that prayer at the foot of the remnant of the Temple never ceased.
Researchers suggest the underground complex could have been used as a living or storage space, or as a hiding place for Jews during the Roman siege of Jerusalem.
The discovery coincided with the Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.