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The Dome

In the higher part, the splendid DOME of the Rock stands out like a jewel against the rock of Jerusalem: It was built in the second half of the seventh century by Caliph Abd El Malik. The fine majolica decoration were added by Suleiman the Manificent (16th century).
No camera allowed in the Mosque, so you have to take my word for it...Inside, a wooden railing encloses the rock which is sacred to Jews and Muslims alike, the exterior ceramic tiles are modern (1963), buy many of the interior mosaics are original. A cabinet within the building houses what many Moslems say is a hair from the prophet Mohammed's beard, a popular spot to make a wish. Muslims, who have made it the third most important goal of pilgrimage, after Mecca and Medina: they call it Haram es Sharif, the noble enclosure.
Awesome place, It's in scripture this special place that the Mosque sits. The biblical story of Abraham bring his only son Isaac to this mountain call Mount Moriah.
The golden dome was recently recovered with an aluminum-gold alloy, donated by King Hussein of Jordan.


Where the dome of the rock sits...another Temple 2000+years ago stood on this great space. At the top of the hill which has been identified as the biblical Mount Moriah spreads the Haream es Sharif, the great artificial esplanade which preserves the memory of the Second Temple built by Herod the Great and destroyed by the legionaries of Titus. This great space, an irregular rectangle about twelve hectares in area, in partially enclosed by powerful walled terraces. It is a universally sacred place, since it reminds Christians of two important episodes in the earthly like of Jesus: it is sacred to the Jews beause they believe that the episode of Abraham and Isaac took place there, but mainly because the Temple of Solomon, and the Second Temple, stood there.
This picture is just a small scale Model of the Old City of Jerusalem during the time of Herod the Great and Jesus the Christ.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The Feeling of a Powerful Present.
  • Cons:Also the feeling of sweat on you person because of the heat.
  • In a nutshell:Go with an open mind & heart, but also take plenty of water.
  • Last visit to Jerusalem District: Sep 1995
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2005 at 12:15 AM

    Sounds like you had fun, Grazina!

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2003 at 9:00 AM

    Fantastic cultural page Vere, and so well put into words, all the best Cliff"".

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2003 at 7:55 PM

    I'll keep in mind Martin's advise & thanks for another interesting & informative write-up! Well done!

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2003 at 10:33 PM

    The best seasons to visit are just after spring break (April/May) and early autumn (Sept/Oct), not too hot, not too cold, beautiful in other words.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2003 at 2:39 PM

    Jerusalem must be an awesome experience.


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