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The Western Wall Virtual tour – Visit the Kotel
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The Western Wall Virtual tour – Visit the Kotel

The Western Wall Virtual tour – Visit the Kotel

Jerusalem travel guide

The Western Wall also called the Wailing wall, is the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, the one that was closest to the Holy of Holies when the Temple stood.

The holiest Jewish site in the world and a renowned symbol of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Western Wall is a remnant of the retaining wall built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC, to encompass the Second Temple enclosure.

As the only remainder of their sacred, destroyed Temple, Jewish people from all over the world, throughout two thousands years of exile, have faced the direction of the Western Wall on their prayers.

It is a Jewish belief that the Holy Presence has never left the Western Wall, thus it became the most significant site of Jewish pilgrimage, where Jews came to mourn the ruin of the Temple. This is how the Wall, “Ha’kotel” in Hebrew, has gained the name – the “Wailing Wall”.

The big plaza in front of the Wall is divided into two sections – one for women and one for men. Here you can observe different kinds of Jewish activities and prayers, from orthodox Jews dressed in black reading their bible, to Israeli soldiers and groups of Jewish tourists. Leaning against the Wall and kissing the stones, the prayers’ most famous custom is to insert a note with a prayer to God between the Wall’s bricks, believing in its priority to be answered.

The Western Wall serves as a favorite location for Jewish traditional celebrations, and gets amazingly alive on Friday eve (the arrival of Sabbath) and on Jewish holidays. While visiting the Kotel you may see a Bar Mitzvah kid holding the Torah on his traditional ceremony, or an excited bride & groom being photographed before their wedding.
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The Western Wall is open 24 hours, and requires a modest dress for women and a head cover for the men. Admission is free. The closest gate to enter the Old City directly to the Wall is the Dung Gate. Buses No. 1 and 2 reach inside the Old City to the area of the Wall.

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Exploring the Colorful Colonially Scene of Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem

Exploring the Colorful Colonially Scene of Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem

The vibrant and bustling streets of Jerusalem are home to one of its most iconic markets, Mahane Yehuda. This market is a melting pot of culture, history, and cuisine that has been around since the early 19th century. The market is full of life and color, with stalls selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to handmade souvenirs. Let’s take a closer look at this unique place. A Visit To Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem The first thing that strikes you when visiting Mahane Yehuda is its colorful atmosphere. From the bright stalls to the cheerful vendors, it’s impossible not to be immersed in the vibrancy of this market. The market is also incredibly diverse, with vendors from all walks of life selling their wares. Whether you’re looking for fresh produce or a unique gift, you’re sure to find what you need here! Mahane Yehuda Market doesn't just offer shopping opportunities There's also plenty of delicious food on offer here too! From traditional Israeli dishes like falafel and shawarma to more international fare like pizza and sushi. We had to try some of the Market food stands, the anmazing Sabih recipe an Iraqi dish with hard-boiled egg, fried eggplants, vegetable salad, hummus, amba and spices, Fricase - a complete meal in a sandwich, spicy and sour flavors inside a bun as soft as a cloud inside and crispy outside... And Bourik, Schnizel in Halla Bread and of course had some drinks and wine. Brown Mahane Yehuda hotel is a boutique hotel adjacent to the market, it has a chic design with local touches inspired by the famous market and created a modern hotel perfect for an authentic stay in Jerusalem. The Montefiore Hotel in Jerusalem is a unique boutique hotel. The hotel has a spacious lobby, a private event and meeting room, a luxurious suite on a separate floor and free wireless internet. The hotel serves a luxurious and varied breakfast. The history of the market can also be traced back for centuries. It was founded in 1887 by Jewish settlers who were looking for a place where they could buy food and other goods without having to travel too far from home. Over time, it has become an integral part of Jerusalem’s culture and identity as a city, making it an incredible destination for both tourists and locals alike. Mahane Yehuda Market is an integral part of Jerusalem's culture and history that has stood the test of time over many centuries. From its colorful atmosphere to its diverse range of products, there's something for everyone here! Whether you're looking for souvenirs or tasty snacks, this market offers up plenty for tourists visiting Jerusalem to explore – so make sure you don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience!

The Herzl Center

The Herzl Center

The Herzl Center for Zionist Studies is a place where people can learn about Theodor Herzl, the man who created the Zionist ideology. The Center has programs that last from a few hours to a few days, and they are for people of all denominations who want to learn more about Zionism. The Center also has goals to create a bridge between the past and the present, and to pass Herzl's legacy on to the younger generation. Herzl was a Zionist thinker who believed that the Jewish people deserved their own land. 100 years later, his thoughts on Jewish identity, Anti-Semitism, and the relationship between Diaspora Jewry and Zionism are still relevant. Herzl's final wish was to be buried in the "Land of Israel" which shows his belief in the future of the Jewish people. Museum Address: Mount Herzl - Herzl boulevard, Jerusalem Phone: +(972)2-6321515 Hours: Sun - Thur 08:30 AM - 18:00 PM (Last Entry 17:00 PM) Friday 08:30 AM - 13:30 PM (Last Entry 11:30 AM) Reservation Desk Sun - Thur 08:30 AM - 16:30 PM Friday 08:30 AM - 12:15 PM Entry by Reservation Only

La Regence Restaurant at the King David Hotel

La Regence Restaurant at the King David Hotel

About La Regence - at the King David hotel Jerusalem At Le Regence Restaurant, the finest ingredients, innovative cooking methods, and precision execution based on classical cooking combine to create a contemporary, fine, surprising, and kosher Israeli cuisine. The kitchen is both avant-garde and simple; rooted in his country, but addressing an international audience at the same time. Using flavors, textures, temperatures, colors, shapes, and aromas, the dishes create an exciting sensation that pleases all senses. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Le Regence and giving you a special, pleasant, and exciting experience. It was a fun and unforgettable culinary experience. Our kitchen In Le Regence Restaurant, Israeli cuisine is refined and contemporary. At the same time avant-garde and simple, it addresses an international audience while being rooted in its country. A sensory experience involving flavors, textures, temperatures, colors, shapes, and aromas stimulates all five senses at once. Please let us know when you are available so we can give you a special, pleasant and exciting experience at Le Regence. Culinary experience that is fun and unforgettable. Local, seasonal, and fresh products are at the forefront of the chef's menu. The foundation of a beautifully executed virtuoso work of art is the artist's passion, imagination and creativity, as well as his endless curiosity and constant search for knowledge. Le Regence Restaurant invites you into a magical and enchanting world. Address: King David St 23, Jerusalem Phone: 02-620-8888

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