Jerusalem (CNN) — Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, joined by his wife Ann, made a previously unannounced stop at the Western Wall on Sunday while in Jerusalem meeting with Israeli leaders.
Sunday also marks the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, a holy day of mourning and fasting in remembrance of the destruction of the first and second temples.
The Romneys were joined by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Western Wall, who also accompanied President Barack Obama’s visit to the site during his 2008 trip to Israel as a presidential candidate.
Wearing a yarmulke and a dark suit, Romney put a piece of paper believed to be a prayer into the wall after being read a passage by the rabbi.
Meanwhile, Ann Romney was on the other side of a partition reserved only for women. She stood before the wall for several moments and also placed a piece of paper in the wall.
The Romneys were flanked by hundreds of Jewish worshipers praying at the site. The Western Wall, a highly important religious site for Jews, sits below the location where the second temple stood.
As Romney walked out, he greeted a crush of people and media. A few of Romney’s top American donors were also with the candidate at the wall.