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Dome of the Rock
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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.
Reviewed 23 July 2013

You (non-Muslims) have to be really determined to get there, and the obstacles only seem to get worse. Check the very restricted opening hours for non-Muslims carefully, get there early, and understand that they can and do close the entrances to non-Muslims at the last minute.

That said, it is a remarkable place. The enormous scale of the platform surprises, and you may be surprised by the expanses of open plaza area and by the (architecturally) motley array of buildings around the edges. And by the casual way (families having picnics, kids playing futbol, old men chatting) the local Muslim community relates to the space. Prayer times are different, but in the "off" hours and slack seasons for Muslim pilgrimage, it serves as a kind of public park, much as temple grounds in Buddhist countries do.

There is little or no effort to present the place to tourists. If you want to know what era the various standing buildings date from, or to see the traces of the Temple mount as it would have been known to Jesus or ancient Judean pilgrims - look it up before you come.

There is no access to the things you might most want to see: the grand staircases that pilgrims ascended in Jesus' day survives (it was entered from the Southern Wall) - but you can't go there, nor can you enter the Dome of the Rock. Entry is restricted for other-than-religious reasons, non-Muslims were permitted by the waqf (Muslim religious trust) to enter the Dome of the Rock until quite recently. Non-Muslims - usually dignitaries - are sometimes admitted to Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock. You and me? We're not that special.

Go, it's a truly magnificent platform above the city, and the exterior of the Dome of the Rock is worth seeing up close. Pity they won't permit respectful visitors to see the inside.

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Reviewed 11 July 2013 via mobile

This is a very interesting place, access is via a wooden bridge at the Western Wall. Once through security and over the bridge you are greeted by people praying and talking etc. The Dome of the Rock is beautiful and well worth seeing. Although I couldn't go inside I respect the reasons why, I actually found it one of the nicer places to visit as there wasn't hundreds of tourists clammering to take photo's etc.

The opening hours are 7:30am to 11:00am and 13:30pm to 14:30pm at the moment I would also suggest going in the morning as it was very quiet when I went

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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]

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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 ...

10  Thank carlosmatt
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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.

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