Central nave and columns of the mosque - Al-Aqsa Mosque has 45 columns, 33 of which are white marble and 12 of stone

Central nave and columns of the mosque - Al-Aqsa Mosque has 45 columns, 33 of which are white marble and 12 of stone

Most people inside the mosque were praying or reciting Koran some of them were just sitting and chatting

Most people inside the mosque were praying or reciting Koran some of them were just sitting and chatting

A guy reciting with his feet against the pillar inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque

A guy reciting with his feet against the pillar inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Some of the stained glass windows inside the mosque

Some of the stained glass windows inside the mosque

The interior of the Al-Aqsa Mosque with beautiful seven aisles, dates mostly from the 20th century

The interior of the Al-Aqsa Mosque with beautiful seven aisles, dates mostly from the 20th century

A decorative wooden beam while a pigeon flies beside it

A decorative wooden beam while a pigeon flies beside it

Interior of the mosque with wooden beams, naves and whitewash

Interior of the mosque with wooden beams, naves and whitewash

A small mehrab can be seen on RHS - these are remains of a Crusader chapel

A small mehrab can be seen on RHS - these are remains of a Crusader chapel

This colorful painted ceiling was funded by King Farouk of Egypt

This colorful painted ceiling was funded by King Farouk of Egypt

The Mihrab of Zacharia is next to the Crusader chapel

The Mihrab of Zacharia is next to the Crusader chapel

Close up of the Mihrab of Zacharia

Close up of the Mihrab of Zacharia

Interior of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - the Crusaders used it as a royal palace and as a stable for horses. In 1119, it was transformed into the headquarters for the Templar Knights

Interior of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - the Crusaders used it as a royal palace and as a stable for horses. In 1119, it was transformed into the headquarters for the Templar Knights

Saladin reconquered Jerusalem in 1187. He had the toilets and grain stores installed by the Crusaders at al-Aqsa removed and he covered the floors covered with precious carpets

Saladin reconquered Jerusalem in 1187. He had the toilets and grain stores installed by the Crusaders at al-Aqsa removed and he covered the floors covered with precious carpets

Colourful design created by the stone work - in the middle some motifs are also visible

Colourful design created by the stone work - in the middle some motifs are also visible

Inner walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque - last major renovation was carried out between 1938 and 1942

Inner walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque - last major renovation was carried out between 1938 and 1942

Stained glass windows of Al-Aqsa Mosque - it was the first Qibla for the Muslims, but later Qibla was changed to Kaaba

Stained glass windows of Al-Aqsa Mosque - it was the first Qibla for the Muslims, but later Qibla was changed to Kaaba

The nave and east side of the mosque were rebuilt as part of a major restoration in 1938-42, during which the Carrara marble columns were used

The nave and east side of the mosque were rebuilt as part of a major restoration in 1938-42, during which the Carrara marble columns were used

It is believed that there are 121 stained glass windows in the mosque from the Abbasid and Fatimid eras

It is believed that there are 121 stained glass windows in the mosque from the Abbasid and Fatimid eras

Three wooden beams connected with a central column

Three wooden beams connected with a central column

Impressive looking ceiling of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Impressive looking ceiling of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Close view of the ceiling of the mosque

Close view of the ceiling of the mosque

Details of one of the supporting column inside the mosque - mehrab can be seen on LHS

Details of one of the supporting column inside the mosque - mehrab can be seen on LHS

The ceiling of the mosque was funded by King Farouk of Egypt and stained windows were restored in 1927

The ceiling of the mosque was funded by King Farouk of Egypt and stained windows were restored in 1927

Current minbar of the mosque - in 1187 a minbar made of ivory and fine crafted wood was installed by Saladin but it was burnt by a crazed man called Rohan in 1969

Current minbar of the mosque - in 1187 a minbar made of ivory and fine crafted wood was installed by Saladin but it was burnt by a crazed man called Rohan in 1969

Main mehrab of the mosque - some of the finest details can be seen here

Main mehrab of the mosque - some of the finest details can be seen here

Close up of the mehrab

Close up of the mehrab

Ceiling above the mehrab

Ceiling above the mehrab

A design next to the small columns of the mehrab

A design next to the small columns of the mehrab

A stained glass windows surrounded by the golden motifs

A stained glass windows surrounded by the golden motifs

Area next to the main mehrab - in the middle Islamic calligraphy is used

Area next to the main mehrab - in the middle Islamic calligraphy is used

A small desk is in front of a chair which is used by the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque

A small desk is in front of a chair which is used by the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dome of Al-Aqsa was undergoing renovation at the time of my visit

Dome of Al-Aqsa was undergoing renovation at the time of my visit

One of the side door of the mosque seen from inside

One of the side door of the mosque seen from inside

Shuttering in place to support the ongoing restoration work

Shuttering in place to support the ongoing restoration work

Carrara marble columns were donated by Benito Mussolini

Carrara marble columns were donated by Benito Mussolini

A rose coloured mixed with blue stained glass window

A rose coloured mixed with blue stained glass window

A wooden door inside the mosque - Just to the left of the main entrance to Al-Aqsa, a flight of 16 steps leads down to an area called al-Aqsa Qadima (Ancient Al-Aqsa)

A wooden door inside the mosque - Just to the left of the main entrance to Al-Aqsa, a flight of 16 steps leads down to an area called al-Aqsa Qadima (Ancient Al-Aqsa)

Arches and columns in one of the aisles of the mosque

Arches and columns in one of the aisles of the mosque

When the Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099 many Muslims took refuge in Al-Aqsa mosque but they were all butchered

When the Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099 many Muslims took refuge in Al-Aqsa mosque but they were all butchered

A central wall of the mosque. It is one of the many which create the aisles inside the mosque

A central wall of the mosque. It is one of the many which create the aisles inside the mosque

Area in front of the dome with a chandelier hanging from the ceiling

Area in front of the dome with a chandelier hanging from the ceiling

Ceiling next to the main dome of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Ceiling next to the main dome of Al-Aqsa Mosque

One of the out doors seen from inside - Access to the mosque was only allowed from the middle door

One of the out doors seen from inside - Access to the mosque was only allowed from the middle door

Deatiles above one of the entry door to the main prayer hall

Deatiles above one of the entry door to the main prayer hall

A humble looking stained glass window

A humble looking stained glass window

This area of the mosque is left to the main entrance (If one is facing mehrab)

This area of the mosque is left to the main entrance (If one is facing mehrab)

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