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Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

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Jerusalem

The Basics

The Western Wall—also known as the Kotel—is the holiest site in Jerusalem due to its status as the last remnant of the Second Temple built by Herod in 19 BC. Today it forms one side of Temple Mount, and this section of the wall rises 187 feet (57 meters) up. The Western Wall is divided into two areas—there’s a small southern section for women and a much larger northern area for men. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in on the action at the wall, it’s backed by a large, sloping plaza where you can stand back and just take in the scene.

The site is commonly visited on half- and full-day Jerusalem sightseeing tours departing from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Many tours also visit Bethlehem, the Dome of the Rock, or the Dead Sea.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

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Old Jerusalem City tour
Lin1221, Feb 2020
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
Omri our tour Guide did cover every thing.He is excellent in what he does. The rain did not prevent him from doing all the stations . We are satisfied.
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Excellent Tour
nadiasm2001, Jan 2020
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
This was a great tour is a very comfortable bus. We stayed with the guide who was very knowledgeable about the city and it’s history. He was very helpful in guiding us to the Places where we wanted to go after this half day tour. It is a good tour and I would definitely recommend it.
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What a fantastic day!
LouisVLover25, Aug 2019
Private Tour: Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Tel Aviv, Including Old Jerusalem, Western Wall, and the Dead Sea
It was worth the price of a private tour. My tour guide, Avishay, was knowledgeable, professional and quite. funny. I was am to customize the tour to meet my needs. I was able to tour at my leisure.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dress modestly while you’re here—a good general rule is to be covered from the shoulders to below the knee.

  • Don’t worry if you don’t have a headscarf or kippah head covering for your visit; these can be borrowed at the entrance.

  • You’ll find a security checkpoint before you reach the wall; it typically takes a few minutes to get through this safety measure.

  • You don’t have to be Jewish to pay your respects at the wall—it’s open to any person of any faith.

  • During Shabbat, photography isn’t allowed, and at other times, it’s best to exercise sensitivity when pointing your lens.

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How to Get There

The Western Wall plaza forms the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. Dung Gate is the nearest access point by taxi and intercity bus 1 or 2.

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When to Get There

The large crowds that gather here can really add to the atmosphere, but if you’d rather have peace and quiet, try visiting early in the morning or in the late evening on a weekday. Bar mitzvahs are often held during Shabbat, or on Monday or Thursday mornings, and those times can be busy with celebrating families, too. The same goes for Jewish holidays.

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The Western Wall Tunnel

The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel beneath the buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem. There have been many Herodian discoveries (plus the uncovering of a Hasmonean Aqueduct) since excavations began in the 19th century and again after the Six-Day War in 1967. Join a Western Wall Tunnel tour to see this slice of Jerusalem history.

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