The Buraq Wall: Visiting the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem

All the info you need for visiting Jerusalem’s western wall, including opening hours and rules.

Marie-Claire De Villiers
By Marie-Claire De Villiers
Edited by Joel Taylor

Published January 12, 2022.

The Western Wall lies at the heart of the Jerusalem Old City on the slope of Mount Moriah. This is one of the last remaining parts of one of the holiest churches dedicated to God, Solomon's Temple. It is built at the same site that, according to Genesis 2:22, Abraham was commanded to sacrifice his son (at the peak of Mount Moriah). It is also believed to be the location of the Holy of Holies (or tabernacle), which is why it is one of the top places to see in Jerusalem. Additionally, Jesus spent significant time here as a boy as well as to teach and pray.

Can Anyone Pray at the Wall?

Yes, in the general section, where you may leave a prayer in the form of a note between the bricks. There are two other sections of the wall specifically for praying: One for women and one for men. When visiting the wall, you should dress modestly; men should cover their heads and women should have shoulders and legs covered.

What Time Is It Open?

The Wailing Wall is free to visit and open 24/7.

Can You Really Touch the Wall Once You Are There?

Yes, in the general section. Remember, there are security checks for all visitors, and men and women are separated. Every now and then, certain parts of the wall are closed for security reasons, which may prevent touching, but you will always be able to pray there.

Did You Know?

There’s an incredible tour of some other parts of the ruins on offer, such as the core excavations, where more rooms are still being discovered underground by archaeologists.