Western Wall, Jerusalem Overview

The Wailing Wall or the Kotelis is one of the most reverred religious sites of Judaism faith.

It is the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, where the First and Second Temples once stood. The Wall got its name because many Jews would come here to mourn and lament the destruction of the Temple. Millions of pilgrims nowadays, both Jewish and non-Jewish visit this place to pray and write their wishes on paper and place it in between the cracks of the 2000 year old Herodian stones. Serving as an open-air Synagogue, it is divided into two separate sections for men and women to pray. Different styles of stonework composes the wall, a reflection of the different eras they were constructed in. The underground section of the Wall, is accessible through a network of complex tunnels. Only when the crowds have dispersed towards late evening, is the spirituality of the Wall truly palpable. Modest dressing is a must and men should cover their heads.

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