The Western Wall, Jerusalem. Sometimes also referred to as the wailing wall. I visited here about this time last year. This is largely what remains of the second temple of Jerusalem that was started in the time of Herod the Great although, probably, not finished in his lifetime. The Temple was destroyed by the Romans in the course of the Jewish rebellion around 70 CE.
The wall is neatly divided in to two sections. One section for men and one section for women. Access to the men’s side is via a ramp to the left of this image. Part way down the ramp is a stand where people can collect a white skull-cap. It is not allowed to visit the wall with a bare head. I forget why. You don’t have to use the skull caps but your head must be covered. My National Trust cap seemed to be just fine. When you get right up front of the wall you can see the cracks are stuffed with paper. These are prayers inserted by visitors on behalf of those who cannot go themselves.
Having taken the image above, just for fun, I spun around 180 degrees and took the image below.
Finally, a section of the wall with the dome of the rock in the background. See how close it is.
The year before I had visited Rome and carelessly managed to loose all my images of that visit. Believe me, I went through every SD card I had. For a year I was totally devastated by this loss. On returning to the cruise ship I put a fresh SD card in to the camera for the next day. Would you believe it, there were my Rome images! A minor miracle maybe?