Center & Jerusalem Sites Storie
The Western Wall
The holiest Jewish site in the world and a renowned symbol of Jerusalem's Old City, the Western Wall is a remnant of the retaining wall built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC, to encompass the Second Temple enclosure.
As the only remainder of their sacred, destroyed Temple, Jewish people from all over the world, throughout two thousand years of exile, have faced the direction of the Western Wall on their prayers.
It is a Jewish belief that the Holy Presence has never left the Western Wall, thus it became the most significant site of Jewish pilgrimage, where Jews came to mourn the ruin of the Temple. This is how the Wall, "Ha'kotel" in Hebrew, has gained the name - the "Wailing Wall".