One of the four supporting walls of the Temple Mount from the Second Temple period that still exists today. According to tradition, there is a special holiness to the Western Wall and, as a result, throughout the centuries Jewish people have prayed in front of it.

About 800 years ago, the Mughrabi neighborhood, that bordered the Western Wall, was built. Access to the wall was via a narrow alley and that is where Jewish people would pray. Between 1948 and 1967 (from the establishment of the state until the Six Day War), access to the Western Wall for Jews was forbidden. After the Six Day War, access was permitted and the Kotel Plaza was expanded, for the welfare of those praying there who come from all around the world.

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