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“Go early”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock
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Private Tour: Old City of Jerusalem Christianity Tour
Ranked #35 of 301 things to do in 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.
Belgrade, Serbia
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“Go early”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

This is the iconic landmark seen from entire city. It marks the Jerusalem landscape. For Muslims it's a third holy place (after Mecca and Medina) from where Abraham ascended to heaven. It is also a conflicting site between Jews and Muslims since two Jewish temples stood on the same place.
My tips for visiting this place will be for NON Muslims (as a Muslim you can enter it from any gate and whenever you want).
One thing to be clear: you can visit the plateau where it is on Temple mount, you CANNOT go inside the mosque (neither the Dome of the Rock nor El Aksa which stands opposite it).
Now, the only way in is from a gate close to the Western (wailing wall). The authorities permit two entry times, the first one between 8 and 9 AM, the second around noon (don't know the exact time). I strongly advise the morning one, because at noon gets very hot and there is no shade while waiting in a line. To enter in the morning be there at 7 AM at latest (we were at that time and barely made it). There's a strict control while entering the site, something like on the airports. Don't argue and don't be nervous with the authorities.
DON'T take ANY food and drinks (except water) nor any religious items, you won't be allowed to enter.
After the control point you will enter the plateau over a ramp just over the wailing wall. On the plateau beside the magnificent Dome of the Rock you'll find another El Aksa mosque and hundreds of prayers all around. Take a walk around the Dome, it is outstanding (the dome is not of pure gold as one said, it is of aluminium plates covered with gold). Approach the defending walls for great views of the Mount of Olives.

Visited March 2014
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“we tried 3 times but no luck”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

We tried 3 times to visit the Dome of the Rock but as this was during Passover and several holy days there was a lot of religious tension and it got closed down each time. My recommendations would be to go early - it's open from 7:30 - 10:30am in the morning and then for an hour in the afternoon...

Visited April 2014
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

If i went back to Jerusalem and was told i could only pick one place to re-visit, this would be it. The Dome made of pure gold, rules over the entire City and one can see it from almost anywhere. The view from the mount of olives is particularly beautiful, sunrise or sunset. To enter the Dome one must go up a wooden bridge close to the wailing wall. Entrance is free, and although we are not aloud inside it's still an amazing experience. Lines can be long depending on season and one may be denied entrance but as in many places we are just guests and it is really up to the hosts to let us in. We arrived around 2.30 and the gate was already locked but a nice gentleman unlocked it to let us in. Time inside the precinct is limited, 10 minutes usually, so there is really no time to soak in the energy and relax. However and from experience 10 minutes is ok to see all and to shoot a couple good photos. At a certain point we were asked to leave, which was fine, and we started heading out. Some people complained the guards were rude but those who complained were the ones who decided to "strech" the time and not leave as soon as they were told. Definitely a wonderful never to ever forget experience. In love with it.

Visited March 2014
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“Gorgeous place, Open only two times a day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

Dome of the Rocks is located at the Temple Mount right at the heart of the Old City There are several ways to go there. If you are a Muslim, you can enter ia the chain gate in the Muslim quarter. If you are not, or you're a Christian, you can take the public entrance located at the right side of the wailing wall. This entrance is open only at 7;30am and in the afternoon (2:30pm?) so you have to be the entrance really early. The wait takes about 45mins to an hour depending on the number of visitors and the security check. Take note that they screen everyone before entering the temple mount and they are very thorough. After the check, you will pass through the wooden bridge and from there you will get a glimpse of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. You can't enter. but you can marvel at the building's very intricate mosaics and designs. it's really a standout among the limestone towers and buildings in the old city. going out, you can go back the same way you came or you can exit via the chain gate.

Visited March 2014
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“Mixed Review”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

It took us 1.5 hours waiting in line to go through security that only non - Muslims have to go through and then you can't go in the mosque unless you are a Muslim. Yet, you are standing on one of the most sacred places on Earth - to Christians, Muslims and Jews. Incredibly complex place. Located in the Jewish State of Israel, guarded by secret Muslim group and patrolled by Israeli security guards, surrounded by Muslim women praying, Christians on pilgrimage everywhere and shunned by most Jews. Wow.

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