About Al-Aqsa Mosque
Al-Aqsa Mosque, meaning "the farthest mosque" or "extreme mosque", is the mosque, according to the Koran, to which Muhammad arrived on his night journey riding his miraculous animal "Al-Burak" from Mecca. According to believers, this is where he ascended to heaven with the angel Gabriel after leaving his footprint on the stone. The mosque can accommodate about 5,000 worshippers.
Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has the structure of a Byzantine basilica, has undergone many transformations, demolitions, and renovations. Initially, it was built of wood by Omar, and only after a few years, it was made of stone by the fifth successor to the Umayyad house, Abd al-Malek. It is built of several architectural styles combined. The exact date of its establishment is unknown, but it was built to serve as a place of prayer for many Muslim pilgrims, and it is estimated that it has existed for over 1,500 years.