Western Wall, Israel
The Western Wall is a place for worship, all religions are welcome. Prayers are whispered to the Wall's waiting ears. The stones are lined with written prayers that faithful followers have put there, in hope of a granted plea. As wonderful as the wall is, there was once much more to it. In this time only 170 feet of the wall are accessible by the plaza. If you would like to see more, you must walk the remaining 1,050 feet of wall. However, this section of the wall is underground, forming a winding path of tunnels. A damp smell fills the tunnels, in some places art borders the stones. The tunnels' design varies. In one place one of the largest building stones ever used in construction stabilizes the wall. In another a preserved street stands, lined with Roman columns. The Western Wall also boasts several other sacred locations.
Wilson's Arch is a massive arch located within the men's prayer area. It stands at 25 feet but in King Herod's time it was believed to have been 75 feet tall.
Barclay's Gate is a L-shaped passageway that was one of the four entryways to the Temple Mount. This passageway is still preserved, but unfortunately not accessible.
Holy of Holies
The Holy of Holies chamber supposedly held the 10 Commandments. There are damp streaks below the stones that worshipers believe are from God weeping.
This is a photo showing the separation between the male and female prayer areas.
This is the entrance to the Western Wall tunnels.
This is a photo of the prayers that are written on paper and shoved into the cracks of the Wall, hoping to be granted.
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