The Small Western Wall (Hakotel Hakatan)

The Small Western Wall (Hakotel Hakatan)

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The massive wall visible on the eastern side of the courtyard, on the right side of those entering it, is part of the Western Wall that remained exposed, despite the crowded Mameluke buildings that are adjacent to the Temple Mount and conceal most parts of the Western Wall.

The Western Wall is one of four huge supporting walls which were meant to support the courtyard of the Temple Mount.  The Walls and the courtyard of the Temple Mount were built by Herod during the 1st century BCE, with the intention to expand and glorify the Second Temple, which was built by the returnees of Zion. The original height of the Western Wall was around 30 meters, and its length- around half a kilometer. This section of the wall is situated around 175 meters from the Western Wall’s courtyard. Many of the Muslim Quarter houses were built during the 13th century, in the Mameluke era. 

These houses were built on the western side of the Western Wall, above arches, thereby equalizing the height of those living outside the temple mount with that of the Temple Mount compound. The houses of the Muslim Quarter conceal most parts of the Western Wall, and the existence of this small part section of it is a surprise for many visitors.

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  • Jonathan Wong
    Jonathan Wong
    June 5, 2023

    A little hard to find as the sign is only going one direction from the main street but is a small section and entrance of the western wall to access the temple mount area. To access it, you pull off the main shops and go...

  • Eli Ab
    Eli Ab
    May 18, 2022

    Easiest way to get in and out.

  • Aaron Glatt
    Aaron Glatt
    May 23, 2023

    Smaller than I expected, but surprising that no one was there. It's a nice place to go, but wouldn't go out of my way unless you cannot access the larger Western Wall.

  • Fajar M. Darmawan
    Fajar M. Darmawan
    January 22, 2020

    Little Western Wall, also known as HaKotel HaKatanand the Small Kotel, is a Jewish religious site located in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem near the Iron Gate to the Temple Mount. The wall itself dates fr...

  • Baruch Baruch
    Baruch Baruch
    October 26, 2021

    This is the most special plaxe to daven its rite behind the Kadosh Hakodoshim. As close as you can get to our Hole Place

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