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Temple Mount

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Essential sightseeing in Jerusalem
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Temple Mount which is also known as Haram esh-Sharif is one of the holiest sites in the world. It is where you find some Jerusalem's most important and easily recognisable places such as the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock. Do check online to confirm opening days and hours when planing your visit...

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Temple Mount which is also known as Haram esh-Sharif is one of the holiest sites in the world. It is where you find some Jerusalem's most important and easily recognisable places such as the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock. Do check online to confirm opening days and hours when planing your visit here. Historically, this was the location of the famed First and Second Temple, which loomed over ancient Jerusalem. Destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, Jewish people have been waiting nearly two thousand years now for the rebuilding of the Temple. After the Roman and Byzantine periods, the Temple Mount became a critically important location for the Muslim world as well. The Dome of the Rock shrine and the El-Aqsa Mosque were constructed during the late 7th and early 8th centuries during Omayyad period. You can see these attractions up close during visits to the Temple Mount. Muslims can enter the buildings for interior visits as well. While there are several entrances to Haram esh-Sharif, non-Muslims must use the dedicated Moor Entrance (Gate of the Moors) which is south of the Western Wall. Viewing the Dome of the Rock, El-Aqsa Mosque as well as other points of interest, including the sealed Golden Gate, the Dome of the Chain and arched pillars and fountain seen amongst the grounds can be comfortably done in 30-45 minutes. Note: You are just as likely to spend as much time in the queue to pass through security than actually sightseeing at the Temple Mount. The queue was quite long each time we passed by, including the day we visited. We arrived 15 minutes before opening time and found ourselves around in a queue that lasted just under 45 minutes after opening time. In the end, this is essential sightseeing in Jerusalem for religious and non-religious visitors. Its worth allocating a couple of hours and visiting in the morning to make sure you've time to see the Temple Mount before making your way to other intended sightseeing in Jerusalem. After visiting, you will exit the Gate of the Tribes at the northeast corner of the Temple Mount. From here you can conveniently exit the Old City at Lion's Gate and make way to the Mount of Olive attractions. Alternatively, you can start your visit of Via Dolorosa, tracing the last steps of Jesus. The first of the fourteen stations is just west of this location.

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Majestic
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on May 17, 2017

Probobly the most prominent of all structures, inside out. Stunning arabesque, convenient space and many visitors of many nationalities and religious affiliations. Very satisfying to see priests and people of the cloth within its premises. Simultaneously it was sad to see the heavily armed police discouraging visitors from entering.

Astoundingly Beautiful!
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on May 12, 2017

I spent two weeks in Israel and Jordan, and Dome of the Rock was easily the most photographed site of the dozens I visited. It is simply spectacular. Period. Entrance for non-Muslims is limited both in hours and days (not on Fridays or Islamic holidays). The entrance gate is near...

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I spent two weeks in Israel and Jordan, and Dome of the Rock was easily the most photographed site of the dozens I visited. It is simply spectacular. Period. Entrance for non-Muslims is limited both in hours and days (not on Fridays or Islamic holidays). The entrance gate is near the Dung Gate on the southern end of the Western Wall. Dress conservatively (both men and women)--although a head covering is not needed for women since non-Muslims are not allowed to enter either the Dome of the Rock shrine or the Al-Aqsa mosque. Bring your passport and prepare to have your bag searched.

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It is worth the planning and the waiting in line to visit
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on May 12, 2017

Be aware that it is only open on limited days and times. Get there early to beat the line. Security was much easier to get through than we expected. I had read of unpleasant experiences on this site, but ALL of the people we encountered, security or worshipers, were very kind...

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Be aware that it is only open on limited days and times. Get there early to beat the line. Security was much easier to get through than we expected. I had read of unpleasant experiences on this site, but ALL of the people we encountered, security or worshipers, were very kind and welcoming. We were asked not to touch each other (my husband and I) as we entered arm-in arm. We were intrigued to see an armed guard escorting a Jewish delegation on the mount. We were under the impressions that Jewish people were not allowed there.

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Amazing controversial place in the world.
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on May 9, 2017

What a place- as you walk in, towards the security checkpoint which is very very strict, you can feel the tension in the air. A peaceful tension-type. I had some metallic thing on me, I cannot remember what it was, I took off my watch, belt, coins, cameras, and everything else I...

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What a place- as you walk in, towards the security checkpoint which is very very strict, you can feel the tension in the air. A peaceful tension-type. I had some metallic thing on me, I cannot remember what it was, I took off my watch, belt, coins, cameras, and everything else I could think off, but security won't let me in. Eventually, it was something, I cannot remember. As the guide explains the history of the Temple Mount, it amazes one of how peace is maintained.

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