This small arch gives access to a small cave of the Foundation Stone inside the Dome of the Rock

This small arch gives access to a small cave of the Foundation Stone inside the Dome of the Rock

Details of the arch above the access door to the Well of Souls - in Arabic this rock is called al-Sakhra

Details of the arch above the access door to the Well of Souls - in Arabic this rock is called al-Sakhra

Top end of the Rock is seen here surrounded by a glass case, below the glass case are stairs which give access to the small prayer area

Top end of the Rock is seen here surrounded by a glass case, below the glass case are stairs which give access to the small prayer area

Close view of the Foundation Stone inside the Dome of the Rock

Close view of the Foundation Stone inside the Dome of the Rock

A small part of the Foundation Stone above the entry door -  it brings the pilgrims to the Well of Souls (Bir el- Arwah in Arabic)

A small part of the Foundation Stone above the entry door - it brings the pilgrims to the Well of Souls (Bir el- Arwah in Arabic)

Renovation was being carried out under the Dome of the Rock when I visited the site - this rock has several human-made cuts in its surface; these are generally attributed to the Crusaders

Renovation was being carried out under the Dome of the Rock when I visited the site - this rock has several human-made cuts in its surface; these are generally attributed to the Crusaders

Looking back at the staircase which allow access to the Wells of Souls

Looking back at the staircase which allow access to the Wells of Souls

The Foundation Stone - it is believed that at this place the spirits of the dead are waiting for the Judgement Day

The Foundation Stone - it is believed that at this place the spirits of the dead are waiting for the Judgement Day

A small mehrab inside the Well of Souls - this mehrab dates back to the late 9th century

A small mehrab inside the Well of Souls - this mehrab dates back to the late 9th century

A black & white photo of the Rock - the cave chamber is roughly square, about 6 meters on a side, and ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 meters

A black & white photo of the Rock - the cave chamber is roughly square, about 6 meters on a side, and ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 meters

Close up of the Foundation Stone's cavern - some Jews believe that above this rock was the location of the Holy of the Holies

Close up of the Foundation Stone's cavern - some Jews believe that above this rock was the location of the Holy of the Holies

Small supportive pillars inside the Cave of the Souls - other names are Pit of Souls and Cave of Spirits

Small supportive pillars inside the Cave of the Souls - other names are Pit of Souls and Cave of Spirits

A very small prayer area inside the Cave of Souls - Holy Prophet placed his foot on top of this rock when he ascended to heaven

A very small prayer area inside the Cave of Souls - Holy Prophet placed his foot on top of this rock when he ascended to heaven

A small lamp hanging inside a hole which comes through the Foundation Stone of the Dome of the Rock

A small lamp hanging inside a hole which comes through the Foundation Stone of the Dome of the Rock

This rock is also the place where prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) sacrificed his son Ismael (Isaac, as per Jewish belief)

This rock is also the place where prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) sacrificed his son Ismael (Isaac, as per Jewish belief)

Stairs leading out of the Well of Souls - a small part of the Foundation Stone can be seen above the steps

Stairs leading out of the Well of Souls - a small part of the Foundation Stone can be seen above the steps

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - the Well of Souls, Jerusalem

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - the Well of Souls, Jerusalem