The Western Wall is the last remaining piece of the Jerusalem Temple.
The temple was destroyed more than 2,000 years ago by the romans. The Western Wall consists of 1,455 feet of wall, which you can find near the Western Wall Tunnel.
The Western Wall Tunnel has since been remodeled and now is reminiscent of a Passover pilgrimage by the child Jesus. You’ll see the spot where Peter healed a beggar and where Jesus confronted merchants and money-changers.
The tunnels by the Western Wall were created by numerous arches that sat alongside supporting staircases that led to Temple Mount. There used to be a shallow valley known as the Tyropaean near the Western side of the temple that separated the Herodian quarter from the temple. The arches were built because of the need to bridge this section. The pathways still exist today.
When visitors walk throughout the tunnels, they can see the Holies of Holies and a pavement that Herdo Agrippa built. You can also see the Praetorium, a combination of historical and spiritual experiences that is unique to the Holy City.
The Western Wall is the holiest place in Jerusalem in the eyes of the Jewish people.
The wall and the plaza in front of it act as a place of worship and attract Jewish visitors to focus on prayer. Petitions are often written down and then placed between the stones. The Jews call the wall Kotel.
Visitors will commonly spot orthodox Jewish men, complete with a full bear and black garb, bowing their heads and praying from the Torah. The wall is also a common spot for Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs, coming-of-age ceremonies for Jewish boys and girls.
The exposed part of the wall contains stones weighing up to eight tons. On top of the wall’s stones are stones placed at a later time during the Roman revolt.
All men and married women who approach the Western Wall are supposed to cover their heads. Skullcaps are available free of charge on site. On Saturdays, the use of cameras and electronic devices is forbidden.
Robinson’s Arch, which once supported a staircase that led up to the temple, can be found to the right of the plaza.
In Scripture, the Temple is mentioned a few times.
In 1 Kings 5-6, Solomon builds the Temple.
In Mark 13:1-8, Jesus foretells the Temple’s destruction.
Jerusalem is full of wonders; see the view from Mount of Olives.