Walls of the World — Asia & USA

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.

Wailing Wall

Wailing Wall

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.

The Wall, Jerusalem

The Wall, Jerusalem

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.

Great Wall

Great Wall

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.

Forbidden City Fortifications

Forbidden City Fortifications

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.

Vietnam Wall

Vietnam Wall

 

 

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