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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. For Temple Mount and beyond, use our Jerusalem vacation planner to get the most from your Jerusalem vacation.
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  • An oasis of peace, with calming pine trees and beautiful architecture. A real pity that non-Muslims were not even allowed to look into either the Dome or the Al-Aqsa Mosque - their internal beauty is ...  more »
  • Unfortunately I didn't have time to visit this building, but strikes from outside and from far away thanks to the golden dome
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  • We went with a very informative archeological Person who was involved with some digging here. She showed us pictures and Sketches of how it Looked 1000's of years ago when the King Herod built up the ...  more »
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  • Interesting place, a bit underwhelming and overrated. Inconvenient lines and barely hidden animosity towards tourists from the managing Muslim authorities add further unpleasantness to the experience.
  • Probably my favourite place in the Old City of Jerusalem - this is what it is all about. The site itself is beautiful and the importance of it for all three of the Abrahamic faiths is fascinating. Well worth a visit if possible although bear in mind that there are limited opening hours for non-Muslim visitors and the dress code is strict.
  • The rapture will only occur when the man of lawlessness (the antichrist) desecrates the third temple of ezekiel with the abomination of desolation. Two thirds of the Jews will be destroyed and It is when the Jews cry out "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 23:39) that the Messiah will set foot on the hill of Meggido and cast the antichrist and the false prophet into the lake of fire and takes his own people to heaven.
  • Alhamdulillah(all praise is for Allah Alone ) This is Holy place for Us Muslim First Because This is the place where our too prophet suleman AS as u known (Solomon) made Baitul mukhaddas This Is Our Muslim's Favour On jews Our 2nd caliph Umar ibn khattab RA who Allow To Jews to enter in this place and worship But you jews you forgot our favours Similarly How your Grand fathers at the time of Musa AS forgot the favour of Musa AS and Allah that time
  • Fascinating site, lots of history! Check days and times when non-Muslims are allowed to visit. Sunday morning is my recommendation. Enter via the wooden pedestrian bridge near the Western Wall. Wear modest attire and cover your legs. If you wear shorts, you'll be forced to wear a dress like a few male tourists I saw that day. BEWARE! The Muslim WAQF are in charge (sort of) and will make you feel uncomfortable and unsafe even if they don't know your religious beliefs or nationality. The guys in blue shirts reminded me of the 'Soup Nazi' character in Seinfeld. (Have an interaction with one and you'll understand). I was there less than 20 minutes before witnessing a black Muslim woman escorted off of the grounds by the WAQF. Her crime; resting against a marble ledge on the Dome of the Rock. The same guard later harassed me when I was walking around and taking photos. The guard lied to others by claiming I was praying. He attempted to escort me off of the Mount but I stayed longer after talking to a guard by the gate in a white shirt. The white shirt guards seemed more friendly and intelligent than the the blue shirt guards. At one point, I sat under a tree in the shade and listened to a bald Palestinian tour guide tell lies to a group of European tourists by claiming that the site "wasn't holy to Jewish or Christian people". This guide then claimed that only Jewish people are allowed to pray at the Western Wall (This was a lie, as people of all faiths are allowed to pray at the Wall) At one point, a group of adult Muslims (Palestinians) near the mosque screamed "Allah akabar" at a group of Jewish people on a tour. It was the only time I saw hatred and intolerance in the 10 days I toured Israel. Apparently this happens often, but our media doesn't report it since it doesn't fit into their narrative. My photo shows an area of the holy site that the WAQF has systematically desecrated. After doing a little bit of research, I discovered that this is where one of the Jewish Temples used to stand. It is directly East of the Dome of the Rock, close to the eastern wall.