Dome of the Rock

Tressa T.

Location

The Dome of the Rock is located in Shrine, Jerusalem in Israel by the Western Wall. It is in The Middle East. The Dome of the Rock is built on top of a sacred rock near The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
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Description

The Dome of the Rock was built over a sacred rock. It is the third holiest place in Jerusalem. It is used by Christians, Muslims and Jews. Now of days it is mostly use by Muslims. Anyone can go and see the Dome of the Rock, it is open to everyone. The Dome of the Rock is the oldest Islamic monument in the world, as well as the oldest surviving Mihrab in the world.
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Sacredness

The Dome of the Rock is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Now a days it is used by the Islamic faith. Jews believe that Abraham was sacrificed there. Muslims believe it to be the biblical Temple of Solomon, and Christians believe it is where Jesus was shown to the people for the first time. Also at the Dome of the Rock people pray as well as worship the building itself.

History

The Dome of the Rock was built before Muslims came. It was built by Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik and was built over the years of 688-691 AD. The tiles on the Dome of the Rock were made in Turkey and Suleiman added them to the Dome of the Rock in 1545.The Dome was not meant to just be a Mosque, it was built to invite all people in and not push people out. It was also built to tell others to accept people for who they are and not what they believe in.

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Fun Facts

  • The Dome of the Rock was originally gold. It was then changed to sliver by King Jordan and then to aluminum. On the top of The Dome of the Rock is a symbol of an Islamic moon and people believe that if you look at the moon you see Mecca. It is also called the Mosque of Omar. Muslims pray in the Dome of the Rock but it not considered to be a mosque.
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