The Dome Of The Rock
The amazing shrine that is still standing today
The Dome of the Rock is right in the middle of the temple mount on a high stand. It is on the east side of Jerusalem City and is one of the most biggest sites in Jerusalem. It covers most of what is called Mount Moriah.
The Dome of the Rock has a big golden dome on top and an octagon shaped structure. Its beautiful golden dome lies 20 meters across the noble rock and reaching heights of 35 meters above the rock. The dome was first made of gold, then replaced with copper.
On the map above you can see all of Israel. The red dot shows where Jerusalem is, and that is around the area of where the Dome of the Rock is located.
The Dome of the Rock has been built and rebuilt most of the time it has been known. It was built in 950 b.c and destroyed by the Assyrians in 586 b.c and built again in 516 b.c. The Dome of the Rock gets its name because it was built over a high part. Before the Islamic people arrived, the sacred rock on the dome was considered holy.
Islam is The Dome of the Rock's religion. Inside there lies a stone that people call sacred for a few reasons, God told Abraham to sacrifice his son on it. Another reason was that Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven on it, And he prayed with previous prophets. The Dome of the Rock is a very religious symbol in Jerusalem and for the Islamic people.