The Wailing Wall is the holiest site in Judaism, the remains of the Temple of Jerusalem. Its name in Hebrew simply means “Western Wall”.

According to the story, when the legions of Emperor Vespasian destroyed the temple, only part of the outer wall remained standing. The then General Tito left this wall so that the Jews had the bitter memory that Rome had conquered Judea (hence the name Wailing Wall). The Jews, however, attributed it to a promise made by God, whereby God said that at least a part of the sacred temple would always remain to symbolize his everlasting covenant with the Jewish people.

Jews have prayed on this wall for the past 2,000 years, believing that this is the most sacred place on earth, since they cannot access the inside of the Temple Mount, which is the holiest of all. In any case, the Hebrew prayers in front of the wall are not limited to the cries. The book of Psalms is read and Bar Mitzvah ceremonies are performed.

The tradition of introducing a small paper with a prayer between the cracks of the wall has lasted for several centuries. Among the prayers of Jews praying for God to return to the land of Israel.

Jesus’ prayer in the garden is commemorated every year on Holy Thursday: After the Last Supper, Jesus went to the garden, where he used to meet with his disciples to pray. According to the Gospels it was a place that both Jesus and his disciples would frequently visit and this allowed for Judas to find him there.

The word Gethsemane means “oil press” (referring to olive oil). Apparently there was a lot of olive trees surrounding the area in those days. All the Gospels refer in one way or another to this place.

In the garden, next to the hollow and twisted trunks of the oldest olive trees you will find new trees, replacing the cypress trees and other plants that were used in the nineteenth century, for decoration of the Holy Sepulchre.

Currently, you’ll find 8 of the oldest olive trees, with trunks whose diameter exceeds in some cases three meters. In the garden you’ll see the olive tree planted by Pope Paul VI on January 4, 1964, during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Mark 14:32
They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”