Temple Mount, Jerusalem

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One of the world's most sacred places historically identified as the site of the second Jewish Temple, Temple Mount is presently dominated by some of the most important Muslim shrines, including the Dome of the Rock. In Judaism, the hill has been known as the site of Mount Zion, the location of Solomon's Temple, and as the place where Abraham nearly sacrificed his firstborn son to prove his devotion to Yahweh. According to the Talmud, the hill is also the site from where God collected the dust to create Adam. For Sunni Muslims, this is the place from which the Holy Prophet ascended to heaven. Marked by a long history of religious conflicts, the hill remains one of the world's most contested holy sites. The Mount can be reached through 11 gates on Herodian walls--only one being reserved for non-Muslims. Getting into the site can be a challenge--it is only open during very specific time slots and, thus, lines are often long. Arrive early for your best chance to get in, and be aware that modest clothing (for both men and women) is required. Make Temple Mount a part of your Jerusalem vacation plans using our Jerusalem route maker tool.
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  • Unfortunately...we tried to visit it three days in a row...without luck. The opening hours chance all the time and only moslims can go in at that time. We convinced the guards to let us making a...  more »
  • Was grateful that a guard allowed us to quickly (and respectfully) approach and walk around the mosque and exit close to closing time. You aren't allowed inside but no matter - its beautiful just to....  more »
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  • To be in the same place where the Temple of God existed in extraordinary! Especially the Southern Steps where Biblical Scholars & Archaeologists have discovered that Jesus walked these steps to enter the Temple Court. Absolutely breathtaking!
  • A very honorable place filled with history. Most beautiful Islamic art. Hospitable guides will tell you the details. One of the most important places in the world!
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