The wall was originally built to support the outer portion of temple Mount, upon which stood the Second Temple (built around 520 BC). However following the destruction of the temple in AD70, Jews were sent into exile and the precise location of the temple was lost. However, on their return, they began to pray at the outer wall (only high priests were permitted into inner sanctum) which they believe the ‘divine presence’ had never deserted and is now considered as the holiest of all Jewish sites. The term Wailing Wall became commonplace as the Wall became a place of pilgrimage for Jews to come and mourn their ancient loss. Today the Wall now functions as a great open air synagogue divided into two areas: the south for women and the north for men. Pieces of paper with prayers written on them can be found hidden all over the cracks in the wall, where it is believed that prayers are more likely to be answered. Open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, visitors of every faith are welcomed provided that visitors respect the modest dress code, and a kippa (skullcap) is worn.
Follow the path of what is considered to be the final path of Jesus between his condemnation by Pontius Pilate and his crucifixion and burial. For many Christian pilgrims, the Via Dolorosa (Latin for Way of Grief or suffering) is the most significant part of Jerusalem. The route winds from the Antonia Fortress to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre incorporating 14 Stations of the Cross, 5 of which are located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.…Read more