Visit Dome of the Rock - Jerusalem

Visit Dome of the Rock - Jerusalem

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Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina, the Dome of the Rock is built on top of the Temple Mount in the Old City. At the heart of the sanctuary is the Foundation Stone where, according to Islamic tradition, the prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven.

The Dome, which was completed in 691-692 A.D., and has since come to define Jerusalem’s skyline, is an excellent example of middle Byzantine art. The man who initiated the construction, Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, hoped that the building, a shrine for pilgrims rather than a mosque for public worship, would “house the Muslims from cold and heat.” The structure was restored many times throughout the centuries, coated once with gold, then with tiles.

The most recent restoration of the site was carried out in 1998 by Jordan’s King Hussein II, who sold one of his houses in London to help fund the 80 kilograms of gold required to coat the dome. The sanctuary’s lavish interior is decorated with mosaic, marble and inscriptions. One of the reasons why the sanctuary has remained intact through the centuries, withstanding earthquakes that destroyed many nearby structures, is its octagonal shape.

Non-Muslim visitors are not allowed to enter the Dome of the Rock, but can get a close look from the Temple Mount courtyard during regular non-Muslim visiting hours.

As with other holy sites in Jerusalem, visitors to the Temple Mount are asked to dress modestly.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Pradeep Kandi
    Pradeep Kandi
    September 25, 2023

    Good experience to know all the history and I like this holy place

  • 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...

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