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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:44 PM   #1
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Dome of the Rock | Jerusalem, Israel

Located in what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary — which Jews call the Temple Mount — it remains one of the best known landmarks of Jerusalem. The rock in the center of the dome is believed by Muslims to be the spot from which Muhammad was brought by night and from which he ascended through the heavens to God. Accompanied by the angel Gabriel, he was consulted by Moses and given the obligatory Islamic prayers before returning to earth. It is a holy place to Muslims. The Jews believe this place to be the location where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac at the command of God, where Jacob saw the ladder to heaven, and where the innermost chamber of the Jewish Temple stood. Other, extra-Biblical Jewish traditions say it is the spot where the first stone was laid in the building of the world.









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Old November 30th, 2005, 01:42 PM   #2
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Beautiful, It deserves 12/10.
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Old November 30th, 2005, 02:10 PM   #3
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The interior tops the exterior, thanks to the extravagant arabesques that grace the dome and strange presence of the sacred rock itself. If anyone has photos, please post them.

I would add to the interesting list of beliefs the Islamic belief that all souls visit the cave beneath the rock on their way to the afterlife. In more peaceful days, even tourists could visit that exact chamber. Today, as far as I know, the sanctuary is closed to all but pious Muslims.

Laslty, it should be mentioned that this is an extraordinarily ancient masterpice, it dates from the late Seventh century.
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Old November 30th, 2005, 06:01 PM   #4
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One of the best building in Middle East.I love it!
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Old November 30th, 2005, 07:13 PM   #5
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Old November 30th, 2005, 07:36 PM   #6
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Old November 30th, 2005, 07:49 PM   #7
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it was bulit in 687-691 a.c
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Old November 30th, 2005, 09:21 PM   #8
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Old November 30th, 2005, 11:17 PM   #9
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The rock in the center of the dome is believed by Muslims to be the spot from which Muhammad was brought by night and from which he ascended through the heavens to God. Accompanied by the angel Gabriel, he was consulted by Moses and given the obligatory Islamic prayers before returning to earth. It is a holy place to Muslims. The Jews believe this place to be the location where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac at the command of God, where Jacob saw the ladder to heaven, and where the innermost chamber of the Jewish Temple stood. Other, extra-Biblical Jewish traditions say it is the spot where the first stone was laid in the building of the world.
Muhammad, The Angel Gabriel, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus Christ was doing his Father's work in the Temple when he was a child.

I never knew what a large portion of the world believes occurred in this one single location in the whole World. It is truly awe inspiring!!

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Old November 30th, 2005, 11:34 PM   #10
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Absolutely an amazing work of 1350 year old archtecture, and also one of Islam's holiest places in the world. 10/10
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Old November 30th, 2005, 11:42 PM   #11
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A nice building, but what makes it so striking is that most of the rest of the old city seems drab, color-wise (brown and tan) in comparison...
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Old December 6th, 2005, 08:04 AM   #12
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Old December 6th, 2005, 03:28 PM   #13
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10/10 the domme is magnific!!
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Old December 7th, 2005, 12:22 AM   #14
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Old December 7th, 2005, 03:12 PM   #15
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8/10 - Impressive and historic but too blue and not really my style...
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Old December 12th, 2005, 04:12 AM   #17
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Old December 12th, 2005, 09:34 AM   #18
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Old December 24th, 2005, 08:36 AM   #19
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