VISITING THE WESTERN WALL IN ISRAEL
Jerusalem is a city divided. Claimed by four very distinct religious and cultural groups, the city is full of beauty, conflict and history.
And in no place is this cultural collusion more evident then at the Western Wall plazawhere the Jewish Holy site of the Western Wall sits almost literally in the Shadow of the Islamic Dome of the Rock.
Everyone you ask knows where the Western Wall is and half the people are going there themselves.
The Western Wall plaza is divided into three sections. One area is for observers, socializers and passerbyers, the other two closer to the wall are for prayer – one for men, and one much smaller area for women.
A tradition of the Western Wall, is leaving prayers in notes in the cracks between the large stones. Hundreds upon thousands of these notes are stuck in every crevice.
As with most places of religious significance, you are expected to dress modestly when visiting the Western Wall Plaza.
The Wall is actually the remains of a retaining wall from the old Jewish Temple. Only a small portion if it is still exposed today. The rest is buried underground. Part of the underground wall has been excavated and it’s now possible to visit it via a guided tour.
You must arrange the tours in advance online, but they are well worth it to see another side of the wall.
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