Dome of the Rock

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Dome of the Rock in Israel, rest on the plateau known as  Haram Ash-Sharif on Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem. Constructed and completed in the 7th century by order of Arabian ruler Caliph Abd al-Malik. One of the best tourist destination, famous for both religious significance flawless and stunning architectural design. An octagonal shaped obelisk wrapped in a picturesque multicolored Turkish tiles combined with white marbles that fancify the shrines exterior. At the top is a glowing magnificence lingering over the skyline of Jerusalem, a dome draped in gold that catches the silhouette of the suns first light.

It is an edifice for the Foundation stone, the name of the rock at the heart of the monument. Beneath it, is a cavern known as the Well of Souls which is believed by Jewish tradition as the spiritual link between heaven and earth. Jews traditionally face it while praying. It is concieved by some to have been the site of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, and is the holiest plot in Judaism.

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Posted by Vanessa on Saturday, April 9th, 2011. Filed under Destinations. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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