The Western Wall
The Western Wall (Hebrew Ha-Kotel Ha-Ma'aravi), also popularly known as the Wailing Wall, is all that visibly remains of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, which was destroyed by Roman Legions in 70 A.D. (see Ancient Empires - Rome from our Bible History section). Measuring some 160 feet (50 meters) long and 60 feet (20 meters) high, it forms part of a larger retaining wall of the Temple Mount, atop which now sits the Dome Of The Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. The wall today marks a literal boundary of contention between Jews and Muslims throughout the Middle East.
The Western Wall is constructed of limestone blocks, one of which measures more than 13 feet (4 meters) in length, and has an estimated weight of 628 tons. It is the greatest stone ever quarried by man - nothing of its size exists anywhere else, including in the great Pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Just beside it is a stone weighing 407 tons, and there are others over 100 tons. Modern engineers express amazement at how such massive stones could have been placed as they are.
Aish HaTorah's Window On The Wall
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A Live Camera View Of The Western Wall from Aish HaTorah's
World Center in Jerusalem.
The area shown in the camera view corresponds with the red line in the diagram.
For nearly two thousand years, since the destruction of the Temple, the Western Wall has been the focal point for prayer of Jews in Israel and throughout the world. People can be seen praying at the wall nearly every hour of the day.
A tremendous amount of Bible Prophecy focuses upon the area immediately around the
Western Wall. It truly is The Place To Watch
Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ (in 31 A.D.) prophesy the destruction of the Temple (and refer to the great stones of the Western Wall) nearly 40 years before it actually happened?