Dome of the Ascension

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
    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.

  • Asli Durmus
    Asli Durmus
    September 18, 2023

    You may find the peace of your mind here. This is must go place at least once in a lifetime. When you enter the old city from any gate of Kudüs, you will probably find the similarities with any other Ottoman City bazaar....

  • Maya An
    Maya An
    August 17, 2021

    Beautiful religious place. Recommend to visit. You must "do your homework" before visiting and to advice local police officer to avoid complicated situations ! It's a strict visiting hours and rules you must follow.

  • Ari Friedman
    Ari Friedman
    July 4, 2023

    Unless you’re a Muslim you will be discriminated against. Imagine things were the other way around, would that fly? No it wouldn’t and it shouldn’t the way it is now. This is supposed to be for all, not just Muslims. Tota...

  • 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...

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