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The Wailing Wall, the former west wall of the plateau is the second Temple in Jerusalem. The wall is not - as often assumed - a wall of the temple itself. The wall built firts by Solomon was already destroyed in 586 BC by the Babylonians. After the occupation of Jerusalem by the Persians a simple temple was built about 515 BC. The general view was expanded by King Herod the Great. Recent archaeological excavations have, however, funded under the southern part of the wall to light coins, which date from long after Herod's death. The Western Wall was completed first under Herod Agrippa II, the grandson of Herod. The temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD during the Jewish War.

The square in front of the Wailing Wall is open around the clock. Access is free. To reach this place, the visitor must pass through security checkpoints, where people and objects with the help of metal detectors and x-rays are examined. Men need when entering this area a head covering, but not necessarily wear a kippa. For married women there is also the duty of wearing a head covering.

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  • Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5093 W: 56 N: 10127] (42048)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-01-19
  • Categories: Ceremony
  • Camera: Canon 40D
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-12-03 7:17
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