Western Wall
Western Wall
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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Tessie Mayo
Brownwood, TX26 contributions
Oct 2022
There is truly no other place in the world like the Western Wall (Kotel), whether you're in the plaza or touring the tunnels, you will be amazed by what you see.
Written 2 February 2023
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michael palmer
Northallerton, UK16 contributions
Dec 2022
The devotees to the western wall are focussed and committed - so be respectful - there are many tours and the joy of celebration for many is palpable - to experience the love of God collectively will be a profound moment.
Written 21 January 2023
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SueDon
Avon Park, FL106 contributions
Nov 2022
Such a sober and spiritual experience. Our travel group was separated by males and females and we briefly stood in line to pray at the wall. I agree with other reviewers that this is definitely a must-see site in Jerusalem.
Written 18 January 2023
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Harry A
Long Island, NY34 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I was fortunate enough to live in Jerusalem for a couple of years while studying abroad, and I’ve visited the Western Wall often. Every time I visit is always inspiring and uplifting, which is why this is the first place I went to on my summer trip to Israel. Being in a place rich with so much holiness and history never ceases to amaze me. People of any faith (or no faith) are welcome, and everyone, no matter religious affiliation, will find something that fascinates them here.

Here are a few tips for new visitors to maximize your experience:

If you can, come visit on Friday night at around sunset. This is when the Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) begins, and when thousands of Jews gather to welcome in the holy day with song, dance, and prayer. It is truly a sight to see, you will not be disappointed!

If you want to visit when it is not busy, come on weekdays in the late morning, early afternoon, or evening (early-mid morning and late afternoon gets a little busier, as well as during weekends). You can usually find a spot right by the wall to introspect, pray, or take pictures during these times. Be aware that during Jewish holidays, it can get VERY crowded.

There is a custom to put a handwritten note into the cracks of the wall when you visit. According to Jewish tradition, God reads these notes personally, and is inclined to answer any prayer or request written on it. You do not have to be Jewish to partake in this custom, anyone can do it. It is a super uplifting experience. Make sure to pre-write your note, though, since they do not have pens and paper available.

The bathrooms are newly renovated, very spacious, and very clean. Definitely use them!

A few other things to keep in mind:

Being that this is the holiest site in Judaism, visitors are expected to dress modestly and respectfully. This means that men must wear a head covering (any head covering works), and women must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. Kippas and scarves are available for those who need.

There are usually a few beggars around. Some could get a little aggressive, but none are dangerous. If you do happen to have some spare change, however, you could really make their day. They really do need it.

All entrances to the Western Wall are guarded by heavy security. It doesn’t usually take long to get through, but be prepared to empty your pockets and have your bag searched before you enter.

I can’t recommend visiting the western wall enough. If you happen to be in Israel for any reason, go. It is a life-changing experience.
Written 15 January 2023
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fanouli
Karditsa, Greece79 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
What a disappointment this was! They didn't let us take any pictures not even far away from the wall or use in general our phones just to find out which way we should use to get out. People with an attitude told us that we couldn't write a prayer and put it in the wall. The wall itself is cut in the middle by plexiglass which ruins its view. I thought this would be a spiritual experience but it was nothing but it.
Written 14 January 2023
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Geraldine L
3 contributions
Jan 2023
Having the privilege of having a tour guide like Batsheva made the experience enthralling and educational. I have taken this tour before and thanks to Batsheva"s clarity of presentation , I learned and absorbed so much more.
Written 12 January 2023
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C B
11 contributions
Jan 2023
You will get out of this experience what you bring to it. If you have an open mind and heart it will be meaningful. If not, it's just another wall.
Written 12 January 2023
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Diane B
10 contributions
Nov 2022
I alw.ays go to the western wall while in Jerusalem. This time I went on Shabbat on Friday evening. It was awesome watching this area fill up with worshippers and fill the square. You won't see this anywhere else in the world
Written 10 January 2023
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Bjørn Eriksen
Stavanger, Norway1,118 contributions
Jul 2022
After walking for hours through old Jerusalem we finally got here to the Western Wall. An amazing place with a lot of security and a place to stand in amazement.
Written 10 January 2023
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KosherAndGlutenFree
New Jersey265 contributions
Dec 2022
The Western Wall is the remnants of a massive stone wall built (according to most opinions) by Herod the Great about 2000 years ago. The wall enclosed the Temple Mount, the top of a hill/mountain on which the Jewish Temple was constructed.
(So this is not the wall of the Temple, but rather a wall that surrounded the area where the temple was built)

Since observant Jews generally do not go to the Temple Mount for fear of stepping on sacred ground, the Western Wall represents the physical location Jews can go to that is closest to the site of the Temple.

After Israel captured this area of Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967 in the Six Day War, they rebuilt the area with a huge public plaza which you see today.
In order to get to the plaza and the wall, you will need to go through an x-ray machine.

There are separate areas by the wall for men and women,
To be respectful, one should not come in revealing clothing.

It is common practice to write a small note with one's wishes and place the note in the crevice between stones in the wall. (I always do!)

You will likely also see many people praying next to the wall,

The plaza is also one of several locations of the Israeli Army Induction Ceremony, where new Israeli army soldiers are handed a gun and a bible.
I don't know when those are held, but i have seen one and it is a sight to behold.
Written 6 January 2023
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