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Close with the Kotel

Western Wall (Kotel), Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel



"Part of the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, the Western Wall was built by Herod the Great during his expansion of the Temple in 20 BCE. The wall became the Jews' chief place of pilgrimage during the Ottoman Period. In this period it become known as the 'Wailing Wall', where Jews lamented the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in AD 70. This is still the closest site to the Temple where Jews can pray (many rabbis say Jews are currently forbidden by Jewish law from ascending the Temple Mount, and in any case secular and Muslim authorities do not allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount). The plaza in front of the Wall is divided by a fence, with a large area for men on the left and a smaller area for women on the right.... The wall acts as an outdoor synagogue with written prayers inserted into the crevices between the large stones." (source)

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Taken on November 30, 2014