April 2, 2012

Jerusalem, Israel: Temple Mount; things to do

Known as Mount Moriah in the Bible, the Temple Mount site has long lines and visiting times for non-Muslims are limited.

Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel
Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel


Dome of the Rock  

Dating from circa 690, this temple has a 24-karat-gilded dome and is where the prophet Mohammed is said to have ascended to heaven on a winged horse. It is also revered by Jews as the site where Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his son Isaac, and it is believed to be the site of the altar of the first and second Temples of Judaism. Currently, only Muslims are permitted inside.


Al Aqsa/El-Aksa Mosque  

Featuring a distinct silver dome, this is the largest and most important Islamic prayer spot after Mecca and Medina. Currently, only Muslims are permitted inside.


More things to do in Jerusalem.

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image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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