Islam's third holiest site after Mecca and Madinah.
The magnificent golden Dome of Rock is built on the Temple Mount, situated in the Noble Sanctuary area in the Old City. At the heart of the building lies the Foundation Stone, where the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven, according to Islamic tradition. While the Jews believe that it was here that Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son. This monument is a reflection of Byzantine architecture. The gold coating of the dome is known to have been recently restored by JordanÍs King Hussein II, who had to sell his house in London to accumulate the funds! Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the Dome of Rock. Entrance is only through the gate near the Western Wall, while you can use the eight other gates for exit. Security checks here is quite rigid and be sure to be modestly dressed.
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