Walls are used to divide, display, and often to protect. They are found everywhere because of their utility and function. The walls that are discussed in this series are walls which, for one reason or another, have become tourist sights. They are often visited by travelers as part of specific itineraries. Some have become travel destinations in and of themselves. Here are some walls that Lee and I have encountered over the years that have a particular significance, whether it be historical, aesthetic, or cultural.
Wailing or Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel — This wall, the sole remainder of Solomon’s temple, is one of Judaism’s most sacred sites. It is visited by millions annually.
The Wall, Jerusalem, Israel — Known simply as “The Wall,” the barrier which separates Jerusalem from the West Bank (the occupied territories) is a true bone of contention and stumbling block to peace in the Middle East.
Great Wall of China — This incredible fortification, which dates as far back as 200 BC in some places, extends for over 1,000 miles across northern China.
Forbidden City Wall, Beijing, China — This wall once separated this private enclave from the common people. Today it is just a symbol of the past.
Vietnam Wall, Washington, DC, USA — One of the world’s most moving memorials, the Vietnam Wall remembers the almost 60,000 Americans who perished in the Vietnam War.