This wall, a remnant of the large wall that once surrounded the Temple Mount-the Har Ha'bayis- during the time of the second Bet Ha'Mikdosh, was built by Hordus (Herod) who rebuilt the second Bet Ha'mikdosh and extended its walls. The only visible stones still left from those days are the bottom seven layers. However there are still more than 17 layers buried under the ground. One can see some of them when entering the Kotel Tunnels. These huge stones weigh many tons and can easily be recognized by their indented borders. The layers of stone above them are not from the original wall and were added many years later.
Archeologists have excavated the area to the left side of the wall and it can be seen by entering into the Kotel Tunnels. One can enter here only by prior appointment. A shul has been set up right across the point believed to be where the Kodesh Kodoshim (Holy of Holies) once stood.
During the years between '48-'67, when Jordan controlled the old city, they did not allow the Jews to come and pray here. It was only after the recapture of this city in 1967 (during the 6 Day War) that Jews could return here once again. The many buildings in front of the wall were taken down, and a large plaza was built before her.
Thousands of visitors come here each day to pour out their hearts to Hashem, for this is the closest we are permitted to go. May we soon be zo'cheh to the rebuilding of the third and eternal Bet Ha'mikdosh.
This was taken from: www.campsci.com/iguide/
This picture I dedicated only to the wall without human view, I wanted to show the texture of this spoken "kotel", the "kotel" means a lot for me.
To prevent any distortion I used focal length in my lens that don't have any distortion, this picture is full frame, I hope you will enjoy the picture, because it is not a standard one.
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Vagabond (5848) 2004-08-19 9:37
Interesting record, mainly by this nice piece of History ..
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-08-19 10:15
great shot for the hunt, very good work here, I like the colours here, very well seen
Rockyboy (20598) 2004-08-19 15:34
This picture is very well done... Composition and colors are great and texture very good...
I am not Jewish but if I had a prayer to make in front of this wall, it would be that any form of extremism (religious or political) cease in this world... with the respect of the convictions of each one.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-08-19 16:04
Very good closeup view, Elroyie, with a fine rendition of textures and colors. Crisply detailed without being oversharpened. As an ensemble with your notes it makes for a genuinely meaningful contribution to TE, thanks a lot for sharing it.
yesterday (9833) 2004-08-21 3:00
Is that what you call a wall hanger:-))
GReat composition, good texture, fine light and color.
Pts later..Regards Kaj Nielsen
ChrisJ (99180) 2004-08-22 3:03
I like the patterns & shapes of the rocks overlaid with the darker splashes of vegetation.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-09-11 14:16
Hi Elroyie - I spotted this and one more of your fine photos for a theme - great details and surely a wall with life - also a place with history.
- Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) (2750)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-08-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon Digital Rebel (D300), EF 28-135 IS USM
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Jerusalem - Layers of history, Life on the wall [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-08-19 8:58