Dome of the Rock and Al Asqa Mosque

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Along with the Wailing Wall, the golden Dome of the Rock is one of the most emblematic places of the city and therefore cannot be left out. The Dome of the Rock is located along with the Al Asqa Mosque (though the two are often confused, the mosque is smaller and has a black dome) on the same square. The buildings stand where once stood the Jewish temple, and are therefore right above the Wailing Wall. The Dome of the Rock was built in 691, on the spot where Abraham offered up his son and Muhammad ascended into heaven. The Al Aqsa Mosque is, after Mecca and Medina, the most important holy place in the Islamic world. 

The golden Dome of the Rock is a beautiful example of Islamic architecture. Tourists cannot admire the inside of the Dome, but they can visit the mosque. Hours are irregular, and depend on the political situation. Therefore always check the online status. With the exception of Friday and Saturday there is basically every morning and early afternoon the opportunity to visit the impressive building. Admission is free. 

Address Al Asqsa Mosque: entrance from the square in front of the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem