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A hill in the eastern part of Old Jerusalem is of special significance to the world's three major religions. It was reputedly the site of the first and second Jewish Temple, and since the 7th century has contained two Muslim shrines.
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The Temple Mount is the site of the first and second Jewish Temples, both of which were destroyed by enemies (Babylonians, and 500 years later by the Romans). It is believed to be the site of the near-sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham. For...More
I was wearing a long flow-ie/not tight dress that went almost to my ankles, had flow-ie sleeves (t-shirt length), and was not low cut whatsoever (my collar bones were even covered) and I got yelled at to "cover yourself" by at least five Muslim men,...More
I read a couple of helpful reviews prior to this trip.
I’ve checked out opening times the day before and arrived around 10.15am. Expect usual security take absolutely no religious artefacts. This is a very sensitive place to visit. Cover up arms and legs.
Hard to miss this beautiful mosque as you drive around Jerusalem - it is so striking. However, it is one of the most holy sites once the place of the Second Jewish Temple and is worth a visit to see it up close. Unless you...More
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If you attempt to enter via an entrance for Moslems only, you can be challenged to show your i.d. or quote verses from the Koran or Moslem prayers. The sole entrance for non-Moslems is via the ramp located the Dung Gate... More
If you attempt to enter via an entrance for Moslems only, you can be challenged to show your i.d. or quote verses from the Koran or Moslem prayers. The sole entrance for non-Moslems is via the ramp located the Dung Gate. Bring your passport and no prayerbook; cameras and cellphones are perfectly ok. This entrance has limited hours, usually in the mornings beginning at 7:30 am. Sometimes the lines for this entrance are long. But go. It's important to see one of the holiest sites in the world, even though the Wakf -- the Moslem trust -- has made it uncomfortable for non-Moslems. And it is safe; Israeli border guards are there, too. My suggestion is, if possible, to go with a guide. The group that I travel to Israel with, and with which we ascend the Temple Mount twice a year, prefer a guide from the Temple Institute . However, for Jewish religious reasons, their guides will not enter the Dome of the Rock.