Western Wall (crs)
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The Western Wall or Wailing Wall is an important Jewish religious site. Just over half the wall, including its 17 courses below street level, date from the end of the Second Temple period. They were constructed around 19 BC by Herod the Great. Note the size of the stones. The Western Wall is part of the wall surrounding the Temple Mount. Orthodox Jews are prohibited from entering the Temple Mount by their own faith. This is as close as they can come to the sites of the former Jewish Temples.
The Western Wall was constructed by Herod to support the landfill used to double the size of Mount Moriah into a level platform (The Temple Mount) supporting the Second Temple. The larger stones at the base of the wall are from the time of Herod. The smaller stones are from the Roman or Byzantine period. It is the most sacred place in the Jewish religion since it marks a boundary of the Second Temple destroyed in 70 AD.
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