The Wailing Wall, also referred to as the Western Wall, and the Kotel, is located in the Old Quarter of East Jerusalem, in Israel. It is the most significant and important holy place in Jerusalem. Millions of Jewish people gather here from all over the world, to worship and experience the spirit within the Kotel. The Wailing Wall is the last remaining wall of the old temple. It is about 187 feet tall, and 1640 feet long. It is built of thick and corroded limestone, and filled with written prayers from people all over the world. Devout Jewish people believe that this wall is the Western Wall of the Second Temple. Because the temple’s original location is currently unknown, many Arabs argue that the wall is part of the structure of Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. The structure’s name translates to “Place of Weeping,” from Arabic. The French used to call this place “le mur des lamentations”  in the 19th century. A cool fact involving this historical site is that there is a service that Alon Nil created in July 2009, allowing people around the world to Tweet their prayers. These prayers are then printed out, and physically taken to the Western Wall and slipped inside the cracks and crevices. When people come back from visiting the wall, Jewish and nonreligious and all, they describe the feeling of standing there to be extremely exciting and spiritual. People dance, sing, and chant there, and there is a certain energy and good vibes that are given off. Add this one to your bucket list.

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Will you visit the Wailing Wall?

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Shane Autumn is currently a senior at The University of Tampa, pursuing a degree in Communication, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in International Studies. When this travel-obsessed, adventure junkie isn't out exploring the world, she can be found feeding her unhealthy addiction to chocolate chip cookies. Shane Autumn is an avid human rights and animal activist, and plans on starting her own non-profit organization someday.


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