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Photographs of Israel: The Western Wall

Early 1900's

Jews in the Jewish Quarter straining to see the nearby Western Wall circa 1929. 

Aerial photo of Jerusalem’s Mughrabi quarter taken by the Graf Zeppelin, 1931. Yellow outline (added) shows the Western Wall prayer area. Note the labyrinth Jewish worshippers had to traverse to get to the small alleyway for prayer at the Western Wall.  (Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen)

The Moroccan Quarter between 1898 and 1946.

The Jewish and Moroccan Quarters

Moroccan neighborhood
dwellings bordering the Wailing Wall

Worshipers at the Western Wall, 1911.

Clearing the plaza in front of the Wall

Modern Times

Pope John Paul II's pilgrimage to the Wall (March 2000)

IDF paratroopers gather at the Wall (June 1967)




























Sources: Old Wall photos and aerial view courtesy of Israeli Government Press Office: Top left photo taken in 1945 by Sam Greenberg, permission for use given by his son. Kotel photos from early 1900s, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Modern Wall photos courtesy of Jack Hazut, J.H.M. Photography.