The Wailing Wall (also known as the Western Wall in Jerusalem) is one of the most ancient archaeological sites you can find in Israel's capital. In Hebrew, the site is simply known as the Kotel, and is considered the most sacred to the Jewish faith.
Entering the Western Wall complex via the Arab shuk
Archaeologists agree that the Western wall is actually a relic of king Herod's temple, which the Romans
destroyed in the year 70 CE. Though the Wall was never part of the actual temple, it was part of
the expanded platform that supported the temple. Throughout the ages, the Western wall has become a symbol
of the Jewish legacy in Jerusalem, and communicates deep spiritual meaning to Jews and casual visitors alike.
The Wailing Wall is definitely a must-see site when you visit Jerusalem. As you can imagine, you're not the only one who'd like to see it, so plan ahead. Our best advice is to plan a walking tour of the old city, and work the Kotel in as a stop. For public transportation, a cab will get you as close as possible, though you can also just take bus lines 1, 2, or 38. If you're driving in, you'll find paid parking at the Mamilla Mall parking lot next to the entrance to the old city at the Jaffa gate, or in front of the Dung gate next to the City of David. The site is open 24 hours a day, and is easily assessable by wheelchair.
The womens prayer area at the Wailing Wall
Bruchim Ha'ba'im la-Kotel ! (Hebrew for welcome to the Kotel)