The Western Wall הכותל המערבי

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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. It has been a site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage for centuries; the earliest source mentioning Jewish attachment to the site dates back to the 4th century. From the mid-19th century onwards, attempts to purchase rights to the wall and its immediate area were made by various Jews, but none were successful. With the rise of the Zionist movement in the early 20th century, the wall became a source of friction between the Jewish community and the Muslim religious leadership, who were worried that the wall was being used to further Jewish nationalistic claims to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. Outbreaks of violence at the foot of the wall became commonplace and an international commission was convened in 1930 to determine the rights and claims of Muslims and Jews in connection with the wall. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War the wall came under Jordanian control and Israelis were barred from the site for 19 years until Israel captured the Old City in 1967 and three days later bulldozed the 800 year old Moroccan Quarter for easier access to the wall.

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Comments (12)

febrok korbef on February 13, 2013

Fascinating scene from a historic site. Very well. Y* & L

Greetings febrok

Marvin Hizkia on February 26, 2013

I hope someday I will visit this place

leo1383 on March 5, 2013

Like,great place,very nice picture,greetings Leo

WINGEGUE on March 9, 2013

Great shot!!! L Greetings Günter.

serghiei1 NO VIEWS! on March 19, 2013

Great shot! YSL. Greetings from Italy, Serghiei1

JO Cervantes D on April 4, 2013

What a nice composition, L+F

Goldfoto on April 8, 2013

Famous...i was here in December 2011...Thank you for your visit in my gallery and the nice comments!...like...Many Greetings and best wishes from Germany!

Adem Dogan on April 27, 2013

Very class Work and great Picture. LIKE 9 Greetings

Ewa Rudnicka (ewamay… on April 27, 2013

Przepiękne !!!

Val de Mar on May 13, 2013

nice! L

Stathis Chionidis on May 17, 2013

Wonderful place, nice view and shot.I plan to visit Israel this year.LIKE.Best wishes.Stathis

Gabriela Gleizer on May 17, 2013

Thank you Stathis, enjoy your visit!

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  • Uploaded on February 8, 2013
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    by Gabriela Gleizer
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H2
    • Taken on 2009/12/25 09:04:25
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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