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“Dome of the Rock.. Overlooking the city of Jerusalem”
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Owner description: Located in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter, this is the world’s third holiest shrine to Muslims (after the Kaaba in Mecca and the Tomb of the Propher in Medina), which signifies the spot where the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have ascended into Heaven.
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“Dome of the Rock.. Overlooking the city of Jerusalem”
Reviewed 2 June 2013

As i entered Jerusalem i looked out for the dome of the rock.. as the driver came to one of the roads heading to my hotel i saw the dome of the rock on my left and my heart literally sank. Despite being jet-lagged and interrogation of hours at check point I found myself rushing to the Haram to pray in the mosque.. my sole purpose of my visit!

Most people mistake this as the mosque, which isnt the case. The masjid al-aqsa is actually opposite this. Allaah says in the Glorious Qur'an (interpretation of the meaning):

“Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allaah) [above all that (evil) they associate with Him]. Who took His slave (Muhammad) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid Al-Haraam (at Makkah) to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsaa (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him (Muhammad) of Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.). Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer” [Surah al-Isra’ 17:1]

Visited July 2012
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“outrageously intolerant for non muslims.”
Reviewed 30 May 2013

I thought that the Old town was a place where all religions were respected but no. If you are not muslim better not to go to Haram Al-Sharif. You have only limited hours to get into the complex and you will not be able to enter any of the important places there. I found my time wasted although it is a nice place to see the surroundings of the old city and the mount of olives etc. I find the attitude of local authorities of the place totally discriminatory and unfair since i was also in the Holy sepulchral and i saw Arabs inside which is not a problem for anybody. Therefore why from one side there are no barriers to observe so-called holly places and unesco world heritages and from the other side there is this total apartheid ...

Visited May 2013
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“A Contentious Site”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Background: This beautiful building complex was built in the 7th century as a rival to Mecca. It encloses the Foundation Stone, a rock wich according to Muslim tradition is the site that Muhammad made his ascent to heaven.

PROS: The site is a well-known landmark; it is easy to find. Entrance is free and made through the Wailing Wall Plaza.

CONS: There is a security check with x-ray amchines at the entrance. And non-Muslims are prohibited from enetring the mosque itself.

Verdict: Definitely worth a visit for its aesthetic and historical reasons, if nothing else. Grade A-minus.

Visited June 2012
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“Beautiful mosque”
Reviewed 9 May 2013 via mobile

Hi everyone
The tomb of the rock is one of the most beautiful mosques. Situated in the large area that it is accessible to non muslims from only one entrance next to the western wall. The timings are also extremely tight as it opens from 0730 in the morning to 1130 and one hour in thr afternoon. The mosque is not open to non muslims however u can roam around the compound and absorb all the sights for good. Please go fully covered from ur head to ur toes else u may be barred.You may exit from the other open gates and merge into the market.

Visited May 2013
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“Breathtaking, peaceful, a stunning peace of architecture”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

I'd gotten up early for the 7.30am opening. There were not many tourists about and it was so peaceful & stunning. There were women praying, and men reading the Quran. I paid an old man to explain the history of the building & especially the architecture as I have a great interest in the subject. I spent over an hour there, absorbing in the details, sitting & reflecting. I would have liked to go into the Mosque but was told it was only for Muslims. You need to access the Dome of the Rock via a ramp near the Western Wall. It was open only in the mornings for tourists when we were there.

Visited March 2013
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