The Wonder of the Western Wall
At God's holy hill
There is no certainty about where the Temple’s sacred Holy of Holies was located amid the hilltop ruins. Thus many devout Jews refuse to set foot on the Temple Mount itself – lest they accidentally step into a sacred area that could only be entered by the High Priest once a year seeking forgiveness for the nation’s sins. Thus developed the practice of praying at the base of the mount – at the western retaining wall of the outer courtyard.