Entrance sign for the Islamic Museum - this museum is located beside the al-Aqsa Mosque at the Temple Mount

Entrance sign for the Islamic Museum - this museum is located beside the al-Aqsa Mosque at the Temple Mount

Wooden door of the museum - the building which houses the museum was originally constructed by the Knights Templar but later it was turner into a madrasa

Wooden door of the museum - the building which houses the museum was originally constructed by the Knights Templar but later it was turner into a madrasa

This museum has historical items on display, photography inside the museum was prohibited - after talking to the manager I was only allowed to take the photos of the interior but not the items on display

This museum has historical items on display, photography inside the museum was prohibited - after talking to the manager I was only allowed to take the photos of the interior but not the items on display

The items on display include weapons from the past, the charred remains of a minbar built by Nur ad-Din Zangi in the 1170s and destroyed by an Australian in 1969, 600 copies of the Qur'an donated to the al-Aqsa Mosque and few belongings of Suleiman the Magnificent

The items on display include weapons from the past, the charred remains of a minbar built by Nur ad-Din Zangi in the 1170s and destroyed by an Australian in 1969, 600 copies of the Qur'an donated to the al-Aqsa Mosque and few belongings of Suleiman the Magnificent

This courtyrad lies between the Islamic Museum and the al-Aqsa Mosque - the minaret of the mosque can be seen in the background

This courtyrad lies between the Islamic Museum and the al-Aqsa Mosque - the minaret of the mosque can be seen in the background

Capital of a pillar beside a washing basin made from the stone

Capital of a pillar beside a washing basin made from the stone

Some of the pillars and stones beside the al-Aqsa Mosque's southern wall

Some of the pillars and stones beside the al-Aqsa Mosque's southern wall

Two cats sitting on a chair underneath the stairs of al-Aqsa Mosque (stairs leading to the minaret)

Two cats sitting on a chair underneath the stairs of al-Aqsa Mosque (stairs leading to the minaret)

These stairs lead to the bottom of an area which was used for administrative purposes

These stairs lead to the bottom of an area which was used for administrative purposes

The facade of the al-Aqsa Mosque - it was constructed by the Fatimids, then expanded by the Crusaders, the Ayyubids and the Mamluks

The facade of the al-Aqsa Mosque - it was constructed by the Fatimids, then expanded by the Crusaders, the Ayyubids and the Mamluks

The al-Kas fountain of the al-Aqsa Mosque - this fountain is located half way between the Dome of the Rock and the mosque

The al-Kas fountain of the al-Aqsa Mosque - this fountain is located half way between the Dome of the Rock and the mosque

One of the external doors of the al-Aqsa Mosque - middle door is used for entry and exit, side doors are closed most of the times

One of the external doors of the al-Aqsa Mosque - middle door is used for entry and exit, side doors are closed most of the times

This covered area had the stairs to enter the Marwani Mosque at the Temple Mount - the Romans used this area as a water reservoir but Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan changed it to the Prayer Hall (Mussalah)

This covered area had the stairs to enter the Marwani Mosque at the Temple Mount - the Romans used this area as a water reservoir but Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan changed it to the Prayer Hall (Mussalah)

The Fountain of Qayt Bay or Qaitbay Sebil is located on the western esplanade of the Temple Mount

The Fountain of Qayt Bay or Qaitbay Sebil is located on the western esplanade of the Temple Mount

This 14th century sebil was completed in the reign of Qaitbay, Sultan of Egypt - The fountain was originally constructed in 1455 on the orders of the Egyptian Sultan al-Ashraf Sayf ad-Din Enal. In 1482, however, Sultan Qaitbay had it rebuilt, and the structure is named after him

This 14th century sebil was completed in the reign of Qaitbay, Sultan of Egypt - The fountain was originally constructed in 1455 on the orders of the Egyptian Sultan al-Ashraf Sayf ad-Din Enal. In 1482, however, Sultan Qaitbay had it rebuilt, and the structure is named after him

Entrance of the Madrasa al-Ashrafiya, a school of religious studies built at the instructions of Mameluke Sultan Ka’it Bey

Entrance of the Madrasa al-Ashrafiya, a school of religious studies built at the instructions of Mameluke Sultan Ka’it Bey

Above the doorway are the beautiful panel of interlocking dark and light stones, toped by a stalactite ornament known as a muqarnas

Above the doorway are the beautiful panel of interlocking dark and light stones, toped by a stalactite ornament known as a muqarnas

Here Sebil of Kasem Pasha is seen in the foreground - this was the first Ottoman structure built on the Temple Mount in the 16th century

Here Sebil of Kasem Pasha is seen in the foreground - this was the first Ottoman structure built on the Temple Mount in the 16th century

Two boys playing football beside the Kasem Pasha Sebil

Two boys playing football beside the Kasem Pasha Sebil

I am not sure about the name of this structure

I am not sure about the name of this structure

A view of the Dome of the Rock - seen from the Chain Gate

A view of the Dome of the Rock - seen from the Chain Gate

The Chain Gate (Bab al-Silsileh in Arabic) is located on the western flank

The Chain Gate (Bab al-Silsileh in Arabic) is located on the western flank

There were two security check point before this gate, I was allowed to enter the from the first check point but I was refused entry beside this gate by the Israeli security earlier in the day

There were two security check point before this gate, I was allowed to enter the from the first check point but I was refused entry beside this gate by the Israeli security earlier in the day

Following Morning, I entered the Temple Mount through a bridge which was connected with the Moroccans' Gate

Following Morning, I entered the Temple Mount through a bridge which was connected with the Moroccans' Gate

Walking inside the wooden bridge/tunnell - non Muslims can only enter Temple Mount by using this bridge

Walking inside the wooden bridge/tunnell - non Muslims can only enter Temple Mount by using this bridge

The Moroccans' Gate, Mughrabi Gate is located on the western side - It was named after the residents of the adjacent neighborhood, who had come to Jerusalem from Morocco

The Moroccans' Gate, Mughrabi Gate is located on the western side - It was named after the residents of the adjacent neighborhood, who had come to Jerusalem from Morocco

This broken cross is made out of stone - it is belived that when the FIrst Crusades conquered Jerusalem, they used this cross to kill the inhabitants of the city

This broken cross is made out of stone - it is belived that when the FIrst Crusades conquered Jerusalem, they used this cross to kill the inhabitants of the city

Second piece of the cross - the Crusaders killed the Muslim and the Jews (even Christian in some cases) in order to purify the Holy Land

Second piece of the cross - the Crusaders killed the Muslim and the Jews (even Christian in some cases) in order to purify the Holy Land

When Saladin conquered Jerusalem in 1187, he broke this cross into several pieces - these pieces are sitting on the floor beside the Islamic Museum at the Temple Mount

When Saladin conquered Jerusalem in 1187, he broke this cross into several pieces - these pieces are sitting on the floor beside the Islamic Museum at the Temple Mount

A small structure shaped like a mehrab

A small structure shaped like a mehrab

Olive trees at the Temple Mount - this area is between the Marwani Mosque and the al-Aqsa Mosque

Olive trees at the Temple Mount - this area is between the Marwani Mosque and the al-Aqsa Mosque

Allah (God) inscripted on a tree

Allah (God) inscripted on a tree

Doors of the Marwani Mosque (close to the Eastern wall) - these door were closed most of the times

Doors of the Marwani Mosque (close to the Eastern wall) - these door were closed most of the times

Cats roaming at the Temple Mount

Cats roaming at the Temple Mount

Olive trees provide shade and greenery to the area

Olive trees provide shade and greenery to the area

Ablution area of the Dome of the Rock

Ablution area of the Dome of the Rock

Qubbat Musa is a dome like structure, located close to the Chain Gate

Qubbat Musa is a dome like structure, located close to the Chain Gate

A small mehrab inside the Qubbat Musa

A small mehrab inside the Qubbat Musa

Graffiti on the walls of the Qubbat Musa

Graffiti on the walls of the Qubbat Musa

King Faisal's Gate is located on the western side

King Faisal's Gate is located on the western side

A view of the Dome of the Rock and the Qubbat Musa

A view of the Dome of the Rock and the Qubbat Musa

Doctor's Room which is part of the madrasa

Doctor's Room which is part of the madrasa

Students in a class room

Students in a class room

A free standing mehrab

A free standing mehrab

The Iron Gate (Bab al-Hadid? in Arabic)  is located on the western side

The Iron Gate (Bab al-Hadid? in Arabic) is located on the western side

Some of the tombs belong to the Royal family of Jordan

Some of the tombs belong to the Royal family of Jordan

The Ablution Gate (Bab al-Matarah), is located on the western flank

The Ablution Gate (Bab al-Matarah), is located on the western flank

Dome of the Rock seen through the arches which are built around the raised platform of the Temple Mount

Dome of the Rock seen through the arches which are built around the raised platform of the Temple Mount

The al-Buraq Mosque is located in the Haram al-Sharif - it is close to the south end of the Western Wall

The al-Buraq Mosque is located in the Haram al-Sharif - it is close to the south end of the Western Wall

This small structure, on the south-west corner of the Al-Aqsa compound is believed to be the place where Muhammad tied the Buraq, the winged riding animal upon which he rode during the Night of Ascension

This small structure, on the south-west corner of the Al-Aqsa compound is believed to be the place where Muhammad tied the Buraq, the winged riding animal upon which he rode during the Night of Ascension

This room is closed and entrance to it is prohibited without the approval of the Waqf

This room is closed and entrance to it is prohibited without the approval of the Waqf

One of the windows of the al-Buraq Mosque

One of the windows of the al-Buraq Mosque

Local Palestinians reciting the Koran at the Temple Mount

Local Palestinians reciting the Koran at the Temple Mount

One of the minarest of the al-Haram al-Sharif complex

One of the minarest of the al-Haram al-Sharif complex

A panoramic view of the Dome of the Rock and a sebil

A panoramic view of the Dome of the Rock and a sebil

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