The Western Wall is the western supporting wall of the Temple Mount. It is also referred to as the Kotel which means “wall” in Hebrew.
When Was The Western Wall Built?
The Western Wall was built during the time of king Herod as part of his massive project of rebuilding the second temple and creating the enormous plaza known as the Temple Mount. However, some say that some lower parts of the wall are even from the first temple period. Recently, some evidence were discovered indicating that king Herod might have not completed the Western Wall and it was actually completed by his son.
How Big Is The Western Wall?
Most people think that the Western Wall is only what you see in the Western Wall plaza. However, in reality the Western Wall is much bigger than that.
The exposed segment of the Western Wall seen in the Western Wall plaza is 57 meters (187 feet) long, whereas the entire Western Wall is 488 meters (1,600 feet) long!