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Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

Author: М. И., 08.11.2012
Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Picture
Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Picture 1

   The Wailing Wall is one of the most visited religious sites in Jerusalem. It is a retaining wall to support the Temple, built in honor of God and is one of the most important symbols of Jewish culture. Herod the Great built large retaining walls near the Temple Mount. After the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in the first century AD, only the Wailing Wall remains untouched. Finish it can always be seen believers who pray. Gaps between the notes are placed with wishes. Believers are convinced that the content of the papers reach the Jewish God. Some of the faithful beat their head in building stone walls.

  On the other side of the bulkhead Monument is the Dome of the Rock, where it is claimed that Mohammed had ascended. In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI visited the Wailing Wall. Through prayer, he called for an end to conflicts and also leaves the wall piece. Retaining walls crumble and threaten to ruin her plan has been developed to rescue her, which is the "treatment" of surface, smooth stones to enhance the sustainability of the only remaining wall of the Second Temple.

   Measures to rescue the bulkhead are taken after long study, which showed a decrease quality of masonry. Currently, the Israeli government conducts more research on religious monument, visited daily by many believers. Only in 2011. ten million people have visited the wall in Jerusalem that left notes with his desires between the stones. When the wall is crowded with prayer notes twice a year workers take them without reading them, put them in bags and buried them in the cemetery of the famous Mount of Olives. Destroying an object which is inscribed the name of God is forbidden by the religion of the Jews. Some of the notes to the Wailing Wall are sent by mail with the inscription "To God in Jerusalem. ' Customers visiting Wall experiencing a strange feeling: I feel that they are present together with worshipers, tourists, wedding couples or those that put notes with their applications to the Almighty, but feel and all who have visited the wall for centuries.

   In medieval times, the wall was named the Wailing Wall because Jews come to mourn the destruction of the Temple. But according to another legend, the year of the destruction of the Temple / Ninth August / the stones shone dew, like, crying on the wall. From 1948 to 1967, while Jerusalem is divided, the wall does not allow Jews. After the war in 1967 the city was unified and a symbol of the great past is the Wall, a place to pray or leave a request for a blessing, but also a sign of the love of the Jewish people to this holy city.

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