The Jewish Second Temple of Jerusalem was built during the 6th Century BC on Temple Mount, where it is thought King Solomon’s First Temple once stood. It was expanded by King Herod the Great between 37 and 4 BC, before being destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
The Western Wall is all that is left of the Second Temple. For centuries it was known as the Wailing Wall, because Jews came there to mourn the destruction of the temple.
To Jewish people, the Western Wall is the holiest place in the World.
The Western Wall is also occasionally called the Wishing Wall, after the hundreds of thousands of notes containing prayers and wishes, pressed into the cracks of the wall each year.
As you can imagine, security around the Western Wall Plaza is strict. At the very least, this makes you pause for thought, sad that it is considered necessary.
This post was inspired by this photo themes of Wish and Nervous from the Daily Post, and Fabricated from Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge. It’s also a second contribution to Looking Up At Things from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
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