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Jerusalem Daily Half Day Tour from Herzliya
"You will be picked up from your hotel lobby in Herzliya at 07:00. Start your tour with panoramic view of Jerusalem city from Mount of Olives. Next stop will be at Mount Zion to see the legendary King's David tomb the room of last supper and Dormition abbey. During the tour in Jerusalem Old city you will start your visit from Jewish quarter. You will have the opportunity to see the Wailing Wall Cardo the Roman road. Second and the most important part of our tour in Jerusalem Old city will be in Armenian Christina quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher.Jerusalem Half Day daily tour from Herzliya is available in English Spanish German and French."
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Private Tour: Western Wall Tunnel and Old City Wall Promenade in Jerusalem
Private Tour: Western Wall Tunnel and Old City Wall Promenade in Jerusalem"Meet your guide at your chosen start time and Jerusalem location. Then start your tour by air-conditioned car. If there are any sights you want to see let your guide know. Your itinerary is customizable.Enter Old Jerusalem by Jaffa Gate and stroll along the Old City wall promenade and ramparts to admire views over the city. Stop at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) a sacred Jewish site and hear how it is a remnant of the Second Temple
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Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
"Departing from Tel Aviv in your air-conditioned coach your first stop is the Mount of Olives for scenic views over Jerusalem. From this vantage point you can see the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount Esplanade where heaven is said to meet earth.Pass the Garden of Gethsemane before continuing to the walls of the Old City. Here you will enter through the Armenian Quarter and see the famous Western Wall (Wailing Wall) which functions as an open-air synagogue for thousands of worshippers.  Crossing over to the Christian quarter you can follow the route of the Via Dolorosa. Look out for the 14 Stations of the Cross as you trace Jesus' steps to the site of his crucifixion at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.After a short walk back along the ancient Byzantine main street your overview of Jerusalem concludes in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City where your air-conditioned coach will be waiting to take you the short 6-mile journey south to Bethlehem.The hub of the religious activity in Bethlehem is the Manger Square which is flanked by the Church of the Nativity and also the Mosque of Oma
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Wailing Wall - Western Wall Tips (61)

The Tunnel

This description of the Western Wall tunnel was taken from the website as it explains the route much better than I. This tunnel runs 1,000 feet along the wall and shouldn't be missed.

Entering a tunnel at the prayer plaza, you turn northward into a medieval complex of subterranean vaulted spaces and a long corridor with rooms on either side. Incorporated into this complex is a Roman and medieval structure of vaults, built of large dressed limestone. It includes an earlier Herodian room, constructed of well-dressed stones, with double openings and walls decorated with protruding pilasters. The vaulted complex ends at Wilson's Arch, named after the explorer who discovered it in the middle of the 19th century. The arch, supported by the Western Wall, was 12.8 m. wide and stood high above the present-day ground level. Josephus Flavius mentions a bridge which connected the Temple Mount with the Upper City to the west during the Second Temple period. This bridge once carried water via a conduit from Solomon's Pools; it was destroyed during the Jewish Revolt against Rome (66-70 CE) and rebuilt during the early Islamic period.

Beyond Wilson's Arch, a large hall, part of a Mamluk period construction, was cleared of debris and a large water cistern was removed, revealing the Herodian Western Wall.

From this point, along the outer face of the Herodian western wall of the Temple Mount, a long narrow tunnel was dug slowly and with much care. As work progressed under the buildings of the present Old City, the tunnel was reinforced.. A stretch of the western wall - 300 m. long - was revealed in pristine condition, exactly as constructed by Herod

At the end of this man-made tunnel, a 20 m. long section of a paved road and an earlier, rock-cut Hasmonean aqueduct leading to the Temple Mount were uncovered. Today one can proceed along it to a public reservoir and from there, a short new tunnel leads outside to the Via Dolorosa in the Muslim Quarter.

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Goner
Jan 10, 2003

The WAILING WALL in ...

The WAILING WALL in Jerusalem , the most sacred place for the Jewish people. Don't turn you back to the wall.
Unfortunately we visited the Wailing Wall on Saturday, and it was forbidden to take photos (see the photo taken nearby). If you come close to the wall you will see that in every hole and in every deepening there is a piece of paper with a wish written on it. I put my wish into one of the hole. Believe it or not - IT CAME TRUE!!!

maxovna
Sep 12, 2002

And here it is, the wall....

And here it is, the wall. People often put little papers in it, with their wishes on it. The wall is full of these papers.
Keep in mind that men will have to wear a little hat, when aproaching the wall. This had is calles a 'keppel'. Don't worry: religious men are lending these hats to tourists so they can take a closer look.

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sandravdp
Sep 07, 2002

For Jewish is the wailing wall...

For Jewish is the wailing wall a stone expression of their religious tradition
For Christians is Jerusalem the town where Jesus was living.
11,000 people worked for three years building this construct that was one of the biggest and most magnificent buildings.
The current wall is only partly the original wall. It is 18 meters high and the 11 lower rows are original Herodian work

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Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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West- or Wailing Wall.

From all over the world, but ofcourse mainly from Jerusalem itself Jews come to pray at this holy site. There is, like in a synagoge (jewish church) a segregation of men and women.


Here you see men reading out of the Torah, the holy book of the Jews.


These men are praying directly at the wall. It's very common to put your prayer on a piece of paper and put it in a gap between the stones. Jews from al over the world can now quite easaly put a prayer in the wall, even if they do not have the time or money to travel to Jerusalem, because there is a fax-machine at the Wall to which they can send their prayers!

At the time I visited Jerusalem I was told that the actual wall could only be accessed by Jews

From VT member dantes2 I got the following reaction on this item:
'The Wall in your picture is part of the rebuilt wall of Solomon's Temple, and any male (not females I believe) can go to the Wall. A section of the original wall is to the left of the Wall in the picture, inside where the two Walls meet. I remember distinctly going there as well, and I am not Jewish- hehe. There are times however when the older men (rabis?) who seem to be in charge of the area will really put up a fuss if a group arrives with a non-Israeli/approved tour guide. Likewise, they will hoot and shout if the group continues on up to the Temple Mount, since the Orthodox NEVER go up there for fear of treading on the place where the Holy of Holies was.But actually this is a two way street, because when my group went to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth we were barred by the Christian Arabs at the door because our guide WAS an Israeli guide. One other observation I just remembered about the Wall- there is a famous picture of Pope John Paul kissing the wall, and the last time I heard he was NOT Jewish.'

Martin_S. also reacted. He wrote:

Pieter, Shalom:

I took a look at your Jerusalem page and wanted to comment on several things.

The wailing wall is accessable to all who want to visit it, not only Jews. I personally have taken Christian and Budhist friends there and they have put their own prayers in those cracks in the wall and said their own silent prayers.

The wall is also accessable to women, Jewish law just forbids the mixing of the sexes during prayers, so a section for women is screened off so the men may not see the women.

The Al-Aksa Mosque was built by the then Arab rulers on that particular spot to prevent the rebuilding of the Temple Mount by the Jews at some future date. You mention it as one of the most important religious places in Moslem beliefs, but it is not mentioned in the Koran at all. Mecca and Medina are noted numerous times. It seems that the Jerusalem Mosque has become a political expedient for the Moslems to rant and rave against Israel. But that is common for extremists, does not matter if they are Moslem, Jew, Christian or whatever.

Did you know that for all the years the Old City of Jerusalem (along with the Jewish religious sites) was under Arab rule, all the Jewish sites were closed to Jews, but today since 1967 when Israel defeated the Jordanian army that occupied the city, the Christian and Moslem religious sites have been open to all, yet Israel is seen as being unfair, why??

It is interesting to note that outside the gate opposite the mosque, leading outside the city walls, there is a graveyard. This also was put there with the specific purpose of preventing the Jewish Messiah from returning, you ask why, well the reason is that he cannot enter a graveyard.

The section you show in your picture is the original wall, which extends further to the left. The part on the far left can only be accessed by a tunnel excavated recently because of the material that was 'dumped' next to it preventing access.

As for the 'hooting and shouting' of the Orthodox Jews', they do that with anyone who is not dressed exactly like them, they are the extremists and I for one consider them as religious terrorists.

I for one am for fairness and 'live and let live', I wonder why the whole world cannot accept people for who they are - People - no different from each other, one likes red shoes, the other black, one likes chocolate, the other cream, one believes in Christ, the other in Mohammed......etc, etc....

Anyway, enough for now, hope you have the energy to read all this.

Martin

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schielen
Aug 25, 2002

Check out the Western Wall.

The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem is the holiest place in the world to Jews. People from all over the world come here to pray to God and ask for assistance, forgiveness, health & happiness.

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Nobbe
Aug 24, 2002

The Wailing Wall

Believed to be the only remains of the great temple of Herod the great. Today its the most sacred sight for Israeli jews.

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Jim_Eliason
Dec 12, 2012

Western Wall (aka "Wailing Wall") - 3

You'll see all kinds of worshippers at the Wall, but a majority of them are Hassidics coming from other Jewish areas of Jerusalem - outside of the Old City.

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Jewish Holiest Shrine

The Western Wall Or famously Known As The Wailing Wall Is The Holies Shrine To The Jewish People.You can see the worshipers praying here.

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imran8852
Apr 03, 2007

Bar Mitzvah by The Wall

There was a boy by the wall performing his Bar Mitzvah (Acceptance into adulthood) and his concentration and nervousness of making it in this sacred place where quite fascinating.

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StefanE
Jul 22, 2005

Ha'kotel o Western Wall

The magnetism that you can feel when you go to the Kotel, is like been near to heaven.

Most of the people that goes to the kotel prays and introduce paper between the stones aksing to God.

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ezaguryk
Feb 06, 2004

Western Wall

The famous Wailing Wall which is preferrably being called the Western Wall, with the Omar Mosque behind...

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Aurorae
Nov 24, 2003

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