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The Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

  • Sightseeing travel tip
  • City center
Distance from city center: 2.2mi
zangazanga's pictureby zangazanga Sightseeing travel tip
added on the 20th of November, 2009
The Wailing Wall or Western Wall is a world famous site of Jerusalem. This is the last remaining wall of Herod's Temple destroyed by the Romans.

There is separate section for men and women at the wall, so be careful which part you go to. There are many people there all the time, many tourists, but even more Jews who come to pray, sometimes for long hours.

You can see men in black hats standing by the wall and nodding with their heads while praying with closed eyes sometimes all day long.

A common costume is to write down your wish onto a piece of paper and staff the paper into one of the cracks of the wall, so your wish will go directly to God. What is a little strange for me is that you don't even have to go there, you can also email or fax them your wish and they will put it in a crack for you. All the cracks are full of small papers.

There is also some kind of plant growing on the wall, it is very interesting and beautiful. According to the legend a boy was escaping from the Romans and God transformed him into this plant so that he won't be caught.

This place is so special. It's the meeting of three main religions, when the Wall is in front of you, there are Christian churches behind you and a Muslim mosque above you, it's really moving.

Western Wall Plaza
Old Town


Opening Hours:
Always opened.

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