Dome of the Rock seen from the steps to the main platform

Dome of the Rock seen from the steps to the main platform

In English it is known as the Temple Mount  in Arabic as Al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary)

In English it is known as the Temple Mount in Arabic as Al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary)

Here Dome of the Chain is seen in front of the Dome of the Rock

Here Dome of the Chain is seen in front of the Dome of the Rock

Muhammad first selected Jerusalem as the qibla before redirected to Mecca

Muhammad first selected Jerusalem as the qibla before redirected to Mecca

This beautiful building enshrines the rock from which Muhammad is said to have ascended to heaven

This beautiful building enshrines the rock from which Muhammad is said to have ascended to heaven

Tiled facade of the Dome of the Rock - the very first structure was built by Caliph Abd al-Malik between 685 and 691

Tiled facade of the Dome of the Rock - the very first structure was built by Caliph Abd al-Malik between 685 and 691

Patterns on the exterior of the building - on this site, it is believed that Abraham offered his son Isaac (Ishaq)  as a sacrifice, according to Jewish belief

Patterns on the exterior of the building - on this site, it is believed that Abraham offered his son Isaac (Ishaq) as a sacrifice, according to Jewish belief

Design on the exterior - according to Muslim belief it is the place (Mount Moriah) where Ibrahim (Abraham) offered his son Ismael (Ishmael) as a sacrifice

Design on the exterior - according to Muslim belief it is the place (Mount Moriah) where Ibrahim (Abraham) offered his son Ismael (Ishmael) as a sacrifice

The Persian tiles on the exterior and the marble slabs that decorate the interior were added by Suleiman I in 1561

The Persian tiles on the exterior and the marble slabs that decorate the interior were added by Suleiman I in 1561

Israeli security on the Temple Mount - this photo was taken in front of the al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli security on the Temple Mount - this photo was taken in front of the al-Aqsa Mosque

View of the Dome of the Rock from the al-Aqsa Mosque

View of the Dome of the Rock from the al-Aqsa Mosque

A small wall which runs around the Dome of the Rock which sits on higher platform

A small wall which runs around the Dome of the Rock which sits on higher platform

This octagonal structure is a wooden dome, approximately 20 m in diameter, which is mounted on an elevated drum consisting of a circle of 16 piers and columns

This octagonal structure is a wooden dome, approximately 20 m in diameter, which is mounted on an elevated drum consisting of a circle of 16 piers and columns

A ladder goes up on RHS - on top of it, there is a small door which gives access to the inside of the dome, ofcourse access wasn't allowed

A ladder goes up on RHS - on top of it, there is a small door which gives access to the inside of the dome, ofcourse access wasn't allowed

Close up view of the dome - when the  Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099 they turned this building into a church

Close up view of the dome - when the Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099 they turned this building into a church

The Templum Domini was the name of the church which was  set up on the site of the Dome of the Rock during the Crusades

The Templum Domini was the name of the church which was set up on the site of the Dome of the Rock during the Crusades

The main entry door which gives access to the inside of the Dome of the Rock

The main entry door which gives access to the inside of the Dome of the Rock

Side view of the entry door

Side view of the entry door

This door is adorned with beautiful tiles and calligraphy

This door is adorned with beautiful tiles and calligraphy

Details of the arch of the front door

Details of the arch of the front door

Upper part of the entry door

Upper part of the entry door

Full length view of the door

Full length view of the door

Marble floor in front of the entry door

Marble floor in front of the entry door

Close up of the entry door

Close up of the entry door

The Persian tiles on the exterior of the Dome of the Rock

The Persian tiles on the exterior of the Dome of the Rock

Side view of the exterior - these 45,000 blue and gold exterior tiles were installed under Suleiman the Magnificent in the 1500s

Side view of the exterior - these 45,000 blue and gold exterior tiles were installed under Suleiman the Magnificent in the 1500s

When Saladin captured Jerusalem in 1187, heThe cross on top of the dome was replaced by the Islamic crescent

When Saladin captured Jerusalem in 1187, heThe cross on top of the dome was replaced by the Islamic crescent

The Dome of the Rock is the oldest Islamic building to survive

The Dome of the Rock is the oldest Islamic building to survive

Ablution area on right hand side

Ablution area on right hand side

An Israeli flag was hoisted over the Dome of the Rock in 1967

An Israeli flag was hoisted over the Dome of the Rock in 1967

Exterior of the Dome of the Rock contains Qur'anic inscriptions. Sura Ya-Seen is inscribed across the top of the tile work

Exterior of the Dome of the Rock contains Qur'anic inscriptions. Sura Ya-Seen is inscribed across the top of the tile work

Some tourists are strolling on the Temple Mount - entry door is on RHS, non Muslims are not allowed to enter the building

Some tourists are strolling on the Temple Mount - entry door is on RHS, non Muslims are not allowed to enter the building

This dome is maintained by the Ministry of Awqaf in Amman, Jordan

This dome is maintained by the Ministry of Awqaf in Amman, Jordan

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Dome of the Rock Jerusalem

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Dome of the Rock Jerusalem

Steps leading to the Dome of the Rcok from the al-Aqsa Mosque

Steps leading to the Dome of the Rcok from the al-Aqsa Mosque

This photo was taken at the lower platform, below the steps from the arches

This photo was taken at the lower platform, below the steps from the arches

The Dome of the Rock at night - Old City Walls can be seen in the foreground

The Dome of the Rock at night - Old City Walls can be seen in the foreground

View of the Dome of the Rock in the morning

View of the Dome of the Rock in the morning

Dome of the Rock's golden colour rising above the trees

Dome of the Rock's golden colour rising above the trees

The architecture and mosaics resemble to some of the Byzantine churches

The architecture and mosaics resemble to some of the Byzantine churches

Steps to the Dome of the Rock from the al-Kas Fountain of al-Aqsa Mosque

Steps to the Dome of the Rock from the al-Kas Fountain of al-Aqsa Mosque

Area between the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock

Area between the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock

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