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Tisha BAv at the Kotel
|Location The Western Wall, Jerusalem|
|Date 2013/07/15 - 2000/01/01|
|Recurring Event: yes|
|Free entry yes|
|Suitable for kids yes|
|Handicap accessibility yes|
|Yearly event yes|
At sunset on July 15, the start of the fast of the Ninth of Av, the city of Jerusalem mostly shut down to mourn the destruction of the first and second Jewish temples. Stores and entertainment venues closed, and the streets around the Old City were blocked off and hushed as Jerusalem Jews joined their brethren around the world and began the sunset-to-sunset fast.
The Western Wall on Monday night was alive, as thousands flocked to the Wailing Wall Plaza to recite the evening prayers and listen to the Book of Eicha, or Lamentations, which tells of the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonian Empire in the 6th century BCE.
Aside from marking the destruction of the temples, Tisha B’Av also marks other tragedies endured by the Jewish people that are said to have occurred on the same day, such as the expulsion edict from Spain in 1492 and the beginning of the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.