Western Wall

Western Wall, Jerusalem

Western Wall
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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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 September 20, 2021
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Barry Goldmeier
Key Biscayne, FL195 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Besides it being to holiest place in the world to Jews, and the spit closest to God, it is beautiful, meaningful and exciting to visit since something special is always happening there. Today there were 2 groups of army troops who just completed training visiting there.

The enclosed area next to the famous outside facade wall has been turned into a synagogue where men are praying round the clock.

The area above the Kotel is where Solomons Jewish temple was built and is called Mt. Moria. On that hill the first the Crusader build a church then the Muslems built giant Al- Aksa mosque. This is THE Flashpoint of conflict between Jewish Israel and Muslim Palistinians over who can pray there. Thus visitors are restricted to the plaza area in Jewish Israel facing the wall.

There are also recently excavated tunnels going deep underneath the plaza and Arab homes to expose the pavements from the time of Christ.
Written May 8, 2022
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JAE
York, PA29 contributions
Jan 2020
Our group visited on Shabbat, and we were quickly moved by the devotion of those around us. Although I am not Jewish, a group of Jewish women quickly embraced my friends and I and invited us to dance and sing with them. It was very crowded near the wall, but again, it was touching to see countless women praying and singing.
Please note that men and women are separated as they get closer to the actual wall, so if you travel with individuals who do not want to split up, that might be a minor issue. There was also a long to get into the area as well, particularly as security tensions were high when we visited.
Written April 3, 2020
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Rhona R
Hendersonville, NC180 contributions
Dec 2019
You can only access this area by either walking in the old city or getting a taxi with a special license to drive in. If you have any difficulty walking highly recommend taking a taxi. It is customary to place a note in the wall to ask for special consideration/healing. Be prepared to wait until there is a space to touch the wall. A wonderful place to pray and have some quiet time. Chairs are available to sit.
Written January 5, 2020
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JP Vann
Manila, Philippines233 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall or Kotel to the Jews, is both a religious and historical/cultural site which everybody who goes to Jerusalem must visit and experience.

I knew nothing about the Western Wall prior to my impromptu visit. I happened to reach the area while walking inside the Old City of Jerusalem after my scheduled tour that day was suddenly cancelled due to Covid-19. Ms Michal Berger, a Western Wall attendant gave me a very detailed explanation on what the Western Wall is - from its history and significance to Jews and non-Jews like me. Thank you for all the information, your patience, time and kindness, Ms Berger!

This wall has withstood the test of time and people from all over the world come to offer praises and prayers and to receive blessings and answers. This place has remained sacred for more than 2,000 years.

It was a solemn experience spending silent moment in front of the Western Wall, touching the holy stones then afterwards slipped my prayers in between the cracks of the wall. I felt blessed. It is believed that this wall absorbs the prayers of the people who go there and that the divine presence never departs from the Western Wall.

"Ask God for something that comes from deep within your heart and He will hear you."
Written April 9, 2020
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kteversole
212 contributions
Dec 2019
My wife and I have been there with friends many times. There are four experiences of the Western Wall (or Ha-Kotel). Go there during high tourism or holy days and the crowd becomes your focus. In daylight, thoughts of historical continuity and importance override all others. walk there at night and the lighting focuses your eyes to the beauty of the wall, the golden dome and the night while the thin crowd allows you to linger in thought and prayer. Dress warmly and go there in bad weather and you will be alone there with your reflection, your gratitude, your awe of the divine, and your inner demons. Walk directly from the Jaffa Gate. The path is pretty straight, well lit, and safe.
Written February 8, 2020
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llinia
Belgium261 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A lot of people are visiting this wall. It’s worth a visit. Men and women have to separate to touch/come close to it. Men also have to wear a small head (I don’t know the word in English) that they receive for free.
It isn’t quiet at all: a lot of people pray at loud or cry next to the wall.
There are drinking fountains with cold water and water stations were you can wash your hands as well.
Written February 14, 2020
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Betsi B
Weatherford, TX233 contributions
Mar 2020 • Business
What I expected at the wall was quiet dedicated worship. Instead what I experienced was exuberance including dancing and merriment! Very much worth a visit on Shabbat! Take note of different silks, different hats, hair etc, each depicting special groups of worshippers. Women have a special section of the wall so be careful once inside the courtyard where you enter to get right up to the wall. There is bag screening at entrance with no delays. We were thankful for the security measures. Be respectful of the “no photos” rule. Expect very busy public restrooms.
Written March 6, 2020
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Jay B
Fairhope, AL775 contributions
Nov 2019
We visited the Wall as we were exiting Old Jerusalem. The sun was setting as we approached this very holy and moving area. The mood here was vastly different than anywhere else in the city. People of all 3 faiths were there praying. You could literally feel God's presence. Unlike other Old Jerusalem sites, there is plenty of open space so you can take your time and really enjoy your time there. Just a couple of items to be aware of. Men and women pray on different sides (men on the left, women on the right), so be prepared to split up and rejoin your group. Men,be sure for me to grab a yamaka from the kiosk as you approach the Wall as men are REQUIRED to have some sort of head covering. Also, when you are done, DO NOT turn your back on the Wall, but instead back away from the wall for a few paces while still facing it. Follow these tips and you will be able to enjoy your visit AND honor these ancient customs.
Written January 25, 2020
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DQShaw
York, ME1,345 contributions
Jan 2020
We were lucky to visit the Western Wall during our stay in Jerusalem. A week day in January with off and on rain so the crowds were light. People place prayers on notes and places them in cracks of the wall, some people also do that on the southern wall. Everyone I saw there behaved well in this place of great religious significance.
Written March 19, 2020
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