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  • Hours: Western Wall Plaza: open 24 hours a day. Western Wall Tunnel: 9:30am - 5pm Sun - Fri. Closed during Jewish holidays
  • Admission: Free

Perhaps the most significant landmark of the Jewish people and symbol of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall (or the Wailing Wall) is the last remaining remnant of the Second Temple built by Herod the Great around 19 BCE.

Jewish pilgrims from all around the world visit the site and pray to the embodied spirit of the holy presence while mourning the fall of the temple by kissing the wall and putting notes into its crevices. The plaza in front of the wall is divided into 2 sections, one for men, the other for women and is the staging for various Jewish rituals.

This particular section of the wall is merely 187 feet (57 meters) however the entire wall stretches more than 1,600 ft (488 m), most of which in accessible and hidden within residential Jerusalem.

Practical Info

Upon entry to the Western Wall plaza, you should keep in mind the stringent codes of Orthodox observers, making sure to dress casually, and if you are a woman to wear a head cover.

The best way to get to the wall is through the Dung Gate at the outset of the Old City situated near the southeast corner, southwest of the Temple Mount. You can take public transportation that will get you close by there, either the 1 or 2.

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