Temple Mount, Jerusalem

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One of the world's most sacred places historically identified as the site of the second Jewish Temple, Temple Mount is presently dominated by some of the most important Muslim shrines, including the Dome of the Rock. In Judaism, the hill has been known as the site of Mount Zion, the location of Solomon's Temple, and as the place where Abraham nearly sacrificed his firstborn son to prove his devotion to Yahweh. According to the Talmud, the hill is also the site from where God collected the dust to create Adam. For Sunni Muslims, this is the place from which the Holy Prophet ascended to heaven. Marked by a long history of religious conflicts, the hill remains one of the world's most contested holy sites. The Mount can be reached through 11 gates on Herodian walls--only one being reserved for non-Muslims. Getting into the site can be a challenge--it is only open during very specific time slots and, thus, lines are often long. Arrive early for your best chance to get in, and be aware that modest clothing (for both men and women) is required. Make Temple Mount a part of your Jerusalem vacation plans using our Jerusalem route maker tool .
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  • The Temple Mount is holy to three great monotheistic religions. Jews and Christians call it the Temple Mount, Muslims call it Haram esh-Sharif. It is believed to be the site of the Second Temple, dest...  more »
  • When i first went there in the nineties i was easy to get in, there were two entrances, but now there is one. Near the wailing wall there is a walk way leading up to the mosque, but it is only open fo...  more »
  • If not Muslim-no entrance, but you can stroll through the territory, make pictures. Vivid.
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  • It is a scared plot of land which has significance to the Jews, Muslims and Christians. Security is tight but I am thankful to be able to visit especially with the recent turn of events that can create great unrest. May peace be upon you Jerusalem.
  • Sacred, historic and inspirational. I was amazed at the harmony and unity between the three main religions in this geographically small and densely populated area. Sure some tension exists, but the overall spiritual atmosphere projects hope for the world. Get there EARLY, 6:30 AM and get in the line before the western wall entrance, do not go thru security or you'll be in the wrong area for Temple Mount. You must go on the covered bridge up to the wall entrance.
  • Incredible to see the foundation of the Jewish temples still standing after all the wars and violence it has no doubt witnessed over thousands of years. Absolutely beautiful place.
  • The place where Jacob consecrated the foundation stone and and saw the dream of the angels going up-and-down the ladder. Site of King Solomon‘s Temple to God, where the priests would do their service work and worship rituals bringing sacrifices and incense.
  • Jerusalem is capital of Palestine, Jerusalem always be capital of Palestine no matter what happens

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Although it lacks a big selection of mid-range options, Jerusalem provides plenty of choices in the top-end hotel category. The Old City contains the bulk of Jerusalem's small hotels, inexpensive hostels, and religious hospices, all of which appeal to budget-conscious travelers. West Jerusalem offers additional options in the form of guesthouses and bigger hotels, some of which boast five-star ratings. If you just need a bed, consider a youth hostel, where you can choose between private and common rooms with Wi-Fi included.
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