Western Wall

Western Wall, Jerusalem

Western Wall
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and a place of prayer sacred to the Jewish people.
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Janet K
Houston, TX1,243 contributions
Nov 2021
Ok..so be sure to also go on Friday evenings! There is an excitement in the air as the Jewish faithful dress up and go to the wall with people breaking out into singing and even dancing with happiness. No pictures though so plan two visits if you can. Be respectful… but this is a great way to really see this wonderful culture and faith in practice!
Written 11 December 2021
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B T
London, UK739 contributions
Nov 2021
This is well worth a visit, it is free and you don't have to be Jewish to go up and touch the wall. They can your bag as you go in and there is a big wide area in front of the wall that also gives a view of the Dome of the Rock above.
Written 21 November 2021
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CMC777
Dublin, Ireland148 contributions
Nov 2021
If you have the time visit when Shabbat is ending. Regardless of your beliefs it is extraordinary to see..
Written 11 November 2021
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Suzanne L
Jerusalem, Israel162 contributions
Sep 2021
We were there over Sukkot when oddly, it wasn't too busy. There were hundreds of chairs, so I could sit and pray in peace. The bathrooms were clean
Written 30 September 2021
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Tibor P
Budapest, Hungary327 contributions
Jul 2021
We were there at dawn on a Saturday, which was Shabbat, and we saw Jewish worshippers in groups praying, coming and going at the Wailing Wall. Meanwhile, the muezzin was calling the Muslims to pray from the minaret. The religious and cultural significance of Jerusalem is also understood at such a moment by those who are otherwise indifferent to religions. If you can visit at a time like this, you will have a fantastic experience. (It's worth to visit the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday early morning, the Franciscan mass at the Holy Sepulchre is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.)
Written 20 September 2021
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Jul 2021 • Family
True to our family tradition which I created thirty years ago, we come here every year on the Hebrew calendar date, which is 9 Av, also known as Tisha Robert, but we call it Tisha Bob for short.

You can see my many annual reviews of this most holy place on this most significant and special Jewish religious day.

We fast and refrain from any- and I do mean any- food and drink on this day. In our early days, we would come on the night beginning the fast ritual- and we even walked around the entire Old City while fasting, or dii op dntvthe evening exploring 2000 year old underground tunnels. In the most recent half dozen years, we’ve changed that to coming in the afternoon/ evening, after fasting 20+ hours of the 25 hour endurance contest.

This place is of course the most holy and most sacred and most revered and most venerated and most exalted and most extolled and most respected and most honored and most famous Jewish religious site in the State of Israel- second only to the Temple Mount above it, currently a place of dispute.

This year at the Western Wall during the latter segment of the fast day, it was once again very crowded, despite the Corona COVID pandemic.

There were hoardes of loud boisterous wild groups of teenagers, mostly from the United States, mostly uneducated and ignorant of the holy places that they were visiting, and not very respectful of the solemn nature of the day of mourning of the Jewish people. Those tourists were absent last year, at the height of the pandemic of the viral disease.

Together with that group- and as always- were the devout Jews mourning the Destruction by sitting on the ground all night and all day and reciting the prayers, which follow the address by the keynote speaker.

Truth be told, because of the crowds and because of the yet-to-be- vaccinated teenagers who were entrusted to me by their parents (what were they thinking?), we did not approach the Wall itself but remained in the plaza. There, we saw a full size truck with tens of thousands of food and drink packages to be freely distributed to the penitents when the fast would be declared completed by the three stars at 2012 hours. That’s an example of why the Jewish people are called “mercy sons of mercy.”

Another surprising fact- on some of my photos, you’ll see that I brought the teenagers back, with even younger children- on a quiet summer afternoon. Then see the few photos of a HarryD posing, a close up of the famous and essential papers placed in the cracks between the stones, and photos of special soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces, that most moral army in the world, if we may say so ourselves, as they prayed for world peace and unity.

Hey- any one with proper respect and appropriate attire and demeanor (and head covering for males) can approach this magnificent and ancient historical structure that holds within it unbelievable and indescribable holiness (maybe therefore you won’t want to touch it- I never do and never did except once for a second in 1978).

You can walk freely and mingle and observe the prayer rites and rituals and services and devotions from up-close zero range. Therefore, be respectful and stay in the background and be unobtrusive- take photos if it seems to be OK and not disruptive.

Relish your once-in-a-lifetime presence at the most holy place of all space and all time.
Written 22 August 2021
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Menashe7
Sunny Beach10 contributions
Jul 2021
Visiting the Western Wall is a very religious experience . We also visited the Temple Mount for an hour and praying up there . Of course we were accompanied by policemen .
Written 10 August 2021
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tj blake
37 contributions
Dec 2020
A special place for prayer at the site of the holy Jewish temple. You’ll see folks from every art of the world and every walk of life join together peacefully to show respect to this special place
Written 1 August 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy427 contributions
Jan 2021
Who has never heard about the Western Wall? I had heard about it since I was a child and since then it had begun to populate my imagination. Well, if you haven’t seen it “face to face”, you could never imagine the emotion to see so many people praying there… you should go and see to believe!
Written 1 July 2021
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David G
Gedera, Israel1,279 contributions
Apr 2021
My visit to the Kottel/Western Wall was a flying visit , my first in over a year .

As one might imagine the area of The Kottel has changed considerably since the covid 19 outbreak - this can be seen in the pictures I took .
There are special prayer areas laid out , and the whole area has the appearance of a maze .Those that wish to pray , are expected to observe the usual covid rules - face covering, and social distancing etc .
My advice ( for men ) is NOT to use a disposable kippal (head coverings for men ) which are located near the entrance to the men's side , but to bring ones own kippal if at all possible - even purchasing a kippal in the world famous arab market , is risky these days , unless one washes it BEFORE use .
BTW , I DID have a good time
Written 5 April 2021
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