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Dome of the Ascension

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The Dome of the Ascension is west of the Dome of the Rock. It is a church with a cruciform structure from the 12th century used as a Christian baptismal chapel that preserves the memory of Jesus' ascension to heaven 40 days after his resurrection. With the city's conquest by the Muslims, the dome was dedicated to commemorating the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad to heaven. Today the building serves as an office of the Waqf.

About the history of the Dome of the Ascension

The Dome of the Ascension, located on the Mount of Olives, is a church that was originally Byzantine and, after being destroyed, was built by the Crusaders in an octagonal shape, with eight pillars with carved capitals and arches between them. In the center of the church was a stone slab with the footprints of Jesus as he ascended into heaven. 

With Saladin's conquest of the city, the church became a mosque. Proof of this can be found in the sword's existence in the church's southern wall facing Mecca. The open roof was covered with a dome, the arches closed, the rock with the footprints moved towards the alcove, and a wall was built around it.

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  • Gus
    Gus
    August 9, 2023

    Holy land holy architect that the zionists hate and can’t stand seeing. A must go to if you are ever in Jerusalem just be respectful of the local traditions and culture.

  • Neil Greathouse
    Neil Greathouse
    February 21, 2019

    Very intriguing place but the aggression toward me from Muslim "security" was inexcusable. Taking photos and trying to enjoy this location was hindered by aggressive and belligerent men who demanded we delete all the file...

  • Asif N
    Asif N
    December 25, 2018

    Beautiful and stunning mosque. The whole area is full of history and imagery. The golden dome shines brightly, then you see the craftsmanship and intricate detail of the tiles. Inside of course is the rock, surrounding by...

  • Tanzim
    Tanzim
    March 12, 2020

    A beautiful compound, with the dome of the rock being the centre of the Al Aqsa compound. The roof is covered with a gold leaf and the inside is gorgeous. Lots of friendly palestinians made us feel welcome and the area fe...

  • Melvin Diaz
    Melvin Diaz
    March 4, 2019

    Beautiful temple! A must while visiting Jerusalem. No entrance fee. However, check the entrance time, winter 7:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm; summer 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Closed on Fridays...

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