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Western Wall in Jerusalem


James Blake Wiener
published on 17 December 2018
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The Western Wall in Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish learning and memory for over 2,000 years. As the only fragment of the Great Temple to survive the Roman destruction in 68 CE, the wall is omnipresent in the historical Jewish consciousness as it's the most sacred structure in Judaism. While originally built to support the western side of the Temple Mount, it is widely know as the "Western Wall" or "HaKotel HaMa'aravi" in Hebrew.

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About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, December 17). Western Wall in Jerusalem. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James B. "Western Wall in Jerusalem." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 17, 2018.

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Wiener, James B. "Western Wall in Jerusalem." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 17 Dec 2018. Web. 26 Feb 2021.

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