The Western Wall PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Langfur
Article Index
The Western Wall
Archaeology of the Wall
Destruction of Temple

Logistics for the Western Wall

1. There is a security check at all entrances to the plaza. Don't bring anything that might be construed as a weapon.

2. Admission to the prayer area is free. To arrange a visit in the archaeological tunnel, which extends northward for the whole length of the wall, call (02) 627-1333 or Fax (02) 626-4828. There is a fee. The Ophel Excavations at the Davidson Center, including the southwest corner and the Temple steps, are open for a fee on Sundays through Thursdays from 09:00 - 16:00, on Friday until 14:00 (but they close the area of the Temple steps on Friday at 11:00!). Phone: (02) 623-1221.   

3. Modest dress is required in the plaza and in the archaeological tunnel.

4. On Sabbath and Jewish holidays (which start and end at sundown), all work in the plaza is forbidden, including photography, writing, recording, placing of a prayer in a crevice.

5. Men who approach the prayer area need head-covering. A paper cap is available.

6. Be prepared for the possibility that a beggar may approach you at the wall. Or someone may bless you and expect reimbursement. There is no obligation.

7. There is no shade.

8. There are drinking fountains and rest rooms.