Wailing Wall (HaKotel)

Modern wailing wall is a section of the Western Wall of the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount) and is the holiest site in Judiasm where Jews are allowed to pray.

circa 100 CE

Wailing Wall

It is a relatively small segment of a far longer ancient retaining wall, known also in its entirety as the "Western Wall". The wall is considered holy due to its connection to the Temple Mount. This portion now faces a large plaza in the Jewish Quarter, near the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount, while the rest of the wall is concealed behind structures in the Muslim Quarter, with the small exception of a 25 ft (8 m) section, the so-called Little Western Wall. The Islamic or Arabic name was based on the tradition that inside the wall was the place where Muhammad tethered his winged steed, today known as Masjid al-Buraq.

circa 100 CE

At one time there used to be inscriptions on the stones of the Western Wall until recent times, until the British came and erased them in the summer of 1930, in preparation for the arrival in Jerusalem of the international commission on the issue of the Western Wall.

circa 100 CE

The Western Wall is considered holy due to its connection to the Temple Mount.

circa 100 CE

The wall was originally erected as part of the expansion of the Second Jewish Temple begun by Herod the Great. For Muslims, it is the site where the Prophet Muhammad tied his steed, al-Buraq, on his night journey to Jerusalem before ascending to paradise, and constitutes the Western border of al-Haram al-Sharif. At the Western Wall Plaza, the total height of the Wall from its foundation is estimated at 105 feet (32 m), with the exposed section standing approximately 62 feet (19 m) high.



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