JERUSALEM — 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.
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.