Situated at the base of the western side of the Temple Mount, the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem has been the site of jewish pilgrimage for centuries. While a large majority of the 488 meter length of the Western Wall is hidden by buildings people are free to come and pray at a small 57 meter section. The Western Wall’s significance is that it is the closest point to the foundation stone which is the holiest spot in Judaism.
I was lucky enough to visit the Western Wall and tour underneath it while visiting Jerusalem recently. Whether you are Jewish or even religious at all you can’t help but feel something when standing before it while everyone is praying around you.
Visiting the Western Wall is really something inspiring. It is pretty messed up though that men can go up 90% of it and women have to go to a tiny sliver. You can see that in the above picture (women cattle herded on the right hand side).
Wow I really seem like a woman with my last comment and link to my most recent blog post “How to not gain weight while traveling”….I’m a guy (straight too!)
You are right mate, its a shame men and women can’t have the entire wall open instead of having it divided.
I love this great image and it has been captured beautifully. I would certainly visit this closest point to the foundation stone, Western Wall.
What a great shot! I love that Israel always looks so sunny and the sky is always strikingly blue, in the photos I’ve seen anyway!