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 Western Wall of Temple Mount, East Jerusalem

The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel is located in the Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount. It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple's courtyard, and is arguably the most sacred site recognized by the Jewish faith outside of the Temple Mount itself. Just over half the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period, commonly believed to have been constructed around 19 BCE by Herod the Great, but recent excavations indicate that the works were not finished during Herod's lifetime. The remaining layers were added from the 7th century onwards. The Western Wall refers not only to the exposed section facing a large plaza in the Jewish Quarter, but also to the sections concealed behind structures running along the whole length of the Temple Mount, such as the Little Western Wall–a 25 ft (8 m) section in the Muslim Quarter.

Western Wall, Temple Mount
Western Wall, Temple Mount, Jerusalem
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Jewish worshippers pack the area in front of Jerusalem's Western Wall for the "Birkat Kohanim," or "Priestly Blessing," during the holiday of Sukkot on Oct. 8, 2017. Current trends in Jewish and Arab demography defy predictions of “doom” for Israel's Jewish population, says demographic expert Yoram ...

Barkat concluded in his post: “I congratulate the president of Guatemala and the government of Guatemala for the brave decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. I promised them as much as possible to allow a quick transfer of the embassy to Israel's capital. I call for more countries to follow the U.S. and ...
Thousands of Jewish worshipers gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday (April 2) to attend a special priestly blessing prayer during the holiday of Passover. The prayer is held twice a year, during the Jewish holidays of Passover and Sukkot. The prayer is led by Kohanim, or Hebrew priests, ...
A prominent Israeli rabbi who is also a convicted sex offender was allowed during Passover to drive his car directly into the Western Wall plaza — an ... Israeli taekwondo athlete Batel Gatterer (L) jumps to kick an opponent during a training session at a taekwondo center at the Malcha Stadium in Jerusalem.


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