The Western (Wailing) Wall and the Holy Esplanade

The Peripatetic Historian visits the most hotly-contested religious site on the planet

The Dome of the Rock atop the Holy Esplanade. All photos by author.

At the center of Jerusalem’s Old City stands the most hotly-contested piece of real estate on the planet: the Western Wall and the Holy Esplanade.

This is arguably the most important site in Judaism. It also played a significant role in early Christian history, and it…



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Richard J. Goodrich - The Peripatetic Historian

The Peripatetic Historian: former history professor now travelling the world and writing about its history. Newsletter: