Western Wall, Israel

Ellie O.

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The Western Wall is an important landmark located in the Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem Israel. The actual wall is located in the Jewish Quarter. However, the tunnels go all the way under the Muslim Quarter.
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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.


The Western Wall is an important part of Jewish history. It is the remains of the Second Jewish Temple built by King Herod almost 2,000 years ago. The temple was destroyed by Romans in the first century, or 70 AD. All that remained was one, lone, wall. Because of the temple's destruction, mourners nicknamed the wall the "Wailing Wall." After the 6-day war the Israeli government began to excavate the Western Wall and the area around it. Pottery was discovered that dated back to the First Temple, a temple that was created before the Second Temple. After excavations the Wall was 6 1/2 feet taller, and the Wall was contained in a newly named place, the Western Wall Plaza. Now the sacred place functions as a prayer area and a tourist attraction.
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Judaism's most sacred spot in the world is the Western Wall. Judaism is practiced by many Jewish people. However, all religions are welcome. The Western Wall is sacred to Judaism for many reasons. One of the most important reasons for it's sacredness is that the ten commandments were said to be held there, inside the Holy of Holies. Another is that it was part of the Second Jewish Temple. The Wall functions as a synagogue for worshipers, many prayer services and special events are held there. The Western Wall is open all day every day, but the tunnels do close at night.

Interesting Facts

The Western Wall is a very sacred place of worship, there are many unique features about it. Something you might like to know is that the different layers of stone layered on the wall are from different time periods. Also events such as Bar and Bat Mitzvahs can be celebrated at the Wall. Sometimes men and women are required to wear a specific type of clothing. Men have to wear a head covering and women sometimes have to wear shawls or skirt coverings. The men and women have separate prayer areas, separated by a kind of fence. This is because of the Orthodox Jew tradition. The Western Wall is an important landmark that has a place in many people's hearts, whatever religion they may be.
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