The golden domed structure encasing the Sacred Rock has special significance, in that it is the place where Abraham was about... More
Dome of the Rock
The golden domed structure encasing the Sacred Rock has special significance, in that it is the place where Abraham was about to sacrifice his son and from where the Muslim prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven. It is a unique and beautiful artistic piece of Islamic architecture built by Abd el-Malek in 691. The walls are decorated with verses from the Koran, the ceiling is tiled in red, gold and black shards and the exterior's tiled facade is magical. Converted to a church during the Crusader period, examine the crosses on the interior's columns. Downstairs is the wells of souls, a place where Abraham, David, Solomon, and Jesus were said to have prayed. Entrance fee to the Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Islamic Museum.
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Enjoyed the Temple Mount. Up there for only fifteen minutes during Ramadan, but it was really great. The Israeli police followed us to reassure our safety. And the Temple Mount is a "situation permitting" type of sight (if it's not safe, you won't be seeing it). But if you can, it's an amazing place to see.
Because we weren't Muslim, we weren't allowed in the Dome of the Rock but the Temple Mount was amazing enough.
The architecture is magnificent and the history overwhelming, but don't plan on getting too close. The Israeli soldiers and police do not allow access to the site of Dome of the Rock if you are not Muslim (March 2004).