Al-Aqsa Mosque and al-Haram ash-Sharif seen from the Mount of Olives

Al-Aqsa Mosque and al-Haram ash-Sharif seen from the Mount of Olives

Dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - originally a small prayer house was built by the caliph Umar, but it was rebuilt and expanded by the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik and finished by his son al-Walid in 705 CE

Dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - originally a small prayer house was built by the caliph Umar, but it was rebuilt and expanded by the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik and finished by his son al-Walid in 705 CE

The al-Fakhariyya Minaret of the mosque - This is the very first minaret of the mosque and it was built in 1278 on the southwestern corner of the mosque

The al-Fakhariyya Minaret of the mosque - This is the very first minaret of the mosque and it was built in 1278 on the southwestern corner of the mosque

Stairs leading to the minaret were closed and barbed wire can be seen on the wall

Stairs leading to the minaret were closed and barbed wire can be seen on the wall

Locked gate of the staircase to the minaret of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Locked gate of the staircase to the minaret of Al-Aqsa Mosque

An arch which sits underneath the staircase

An arch which sits underneath the staircase

Israeli security personnel came on site and mood changed from being quiet to a protest in no time

Israeli security personnel came on site and mood changed from being quiet to a protest in no time

The facade of the mosque - it was constructed by the Fatimids of Cairo

The facade of the mosque - it was constructed by the Fatimids of Cairo

Main arch of the facde of the mosque - a door to the prayer hall can be seen in the background

Main arch of the facde of the mosque - a door to the prayer hall can be seen in the background

Entry door to the prayer hall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - the current mosque was rebuilt and completely renovated the mosque between 1034 and 1036

Entry door to the prayer hall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - the current mosque was rebuilt and completely renovated the mosque between 1034 and 1036

A small corridor to the left of the main entrance

A small corridor to the left of the main entrance

Corridor to the right of the main entrance

Corridor to the right of the main entrance

One of the entry doors to the prayer hall - when I visited the mosque only one door was being used

One of the entry doors to the prayer hall - when I visited the mosque only one door was being used

Ceiling above the main entry door to the prayer hall

Ceiling above the main entry door to the prayer hall

A plaque on one of the external walls

A plaque on one of the external walls

Worshippers coming out of the mosque after the prayer

Worshippers coming out of the mosque after the prayer

Ablution area of the mosque

Ablution area of the mosque

Another view of the ablution area - a sign in the middle warn people not to drink water from these taps

Another view of the ablution area - a sign in the middle warn people not to drink water from these taps

Details of one of the external wall of the mosque - a small door was located on RHS

Details of one of the external wall of the mosque - a small door was located on RHS

This round flower like pattern has tained glass inside

This round flower like pattern has tained glass inside

This is the exterior of the mehrab of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

This is the exterior of the mehrab of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Eastern wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - Dome of the Rock (al-Haram ash-Sharif) is in the background

Eastern wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - Dome of the Rock (al-Haram ash-Sharif) is in the background

An arch and decorative details above a small door on eastern side4)

An arch and decorative details above a small door on eastern side4)

Details of the arch

Details of the arch

Western side of the mosque - main facade of Al-Aqsa Mosque is facing north

Western side of the mosque - main facade of Al-Aqsa Mosque is facing north

Women sitting and reciting Koran beside the western wall of the mosque

Women sitting and reciting Koran beside the western wall of the mosque

Dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque was made of aluminum and it looked like silver but now wrather element had reduced its colour

Dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque was made of aluminum and it looked like silver but now wrather element had reduced its colour

An old olive tree opposite the eastern side of Al-Aqsa Mosque - behind is located the Marwani prayer hall

An old olive tree opposite the eastern side of Al-Aqsa Mosque - behind is located the Marwani prayer hall

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Al-Aqsa Mosque Jerusalem)

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Al-Aqsa Mosque Jerusalem)

Eastern side of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Eastern side of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Here main door of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is seen from the al-Haram ash-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary)

Here main door of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is seen from the al-Haram ash-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary)

Mosque's al-Kas ablution fountain in front of the facade

Mosque's al-Kas ablution fountain in front of the facade

Minaret of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - pillar tops are scattered in the open area

Minaret of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - pillar tops are scattered in the open area

Dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is seen from the Ma'ale Hashslom Street

Dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is seen from the Ma'ale Hashslom Street

Dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque rises above the city walls of old Jerusalem

Dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque rises above the city walls of old Jerusalem

The al-Fakhariyya Minaret at night - dome of the mosque is in the middle of the photo

The al-Fakhariyya Minaret at night - dome of the mosque is in the middle of the photo

Here city walls, the Jerusalem Archaelogical Park and the minaret of the Al-Aqsa Mosque can be seen

Here city walls, the Jerusalem Archaelogical Park and the minaret of the Al-Aqsa Mosque can be seen

Dome of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Bayt al-Muqaddas - this photo was taken from my hotel room

Dome of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Bayt al-Muqaddas - this photo was taken from my hotel room

Dome of the Al-Aqsa mosque is bathed in the early rays of the sun

Dome of the Al-Aqsa mosque is bathed in the early rays of the sun

Al-Aqsa Mosque seen from the Jewish Quarter

Al-Aqsa Mosque seen from the Jewish Quarter

Al-Aqsa Mosque and a medieval structure beside it

Al-Aqsa Mosque and a medieval structure beside it

Southern and western walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - seen from the Jerusalem Archaelogical Park

Southern and western walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - seen from the Jerusalem Archaelogical Park

Jerusalem Archaelogical Park has good views of the dome and external walls of the mosque

Jerusalem Archaelogical Park has good views of the dome and external walls of the mosque

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