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The Temple Mount (or Haram al-Sharif, as it is known to Muslims) is a raised area situated close to Jerusalem’s Western Wall. It is considered to be among the holiest sites in the world for Muslim and Jewish people, as well as holding great significance for Christians. Visit the Temple Mount complex to admire the iconic Dome of the Rock and to enjoy beautiful vistas of Jerusalem’s Old City.
Learn about the Temple Mount’s fascinating history before you visit. It has been identified as the place where the biblical figure Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son as a show of faith, and is believed to have been the site of the great Jewish Temples. It also hosts several prominent, ancient religious structures. As well as the Dome of the Rock, these include the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Chain.
It is a very special experience seeing the Dome of the Rock, the oldest Islamic shrine in the world. The beautiful architecture of this significant religious site is very special, and it is worth seeing even if you can’t go inside. Admire this ornate blue structure topped with a gold dome, one of the most famous landmarks in the city of Jerusalem. It was built in the 7th century alongside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits close by.
Take the time to see the small but elaborate Dome of the Chain too. This open-air structure is thought by some to be a shrine, although not everyone agrees on its purpose. Marvel at how well-preserved it is. Like the larger dome and the mosque, it dates from the 7th century.
Although the key religious sites themselves can only be entered by Muslims, all tourists may visit the Temple Mount area so long as they dress modestly. Take note of the opening times, which vary by the season, and aim to arrive as early as possible to avoid long lines. Carry your passport and leave all non-Islamic religious objects at your hotel to avoid any delays with gaining access to this fascinating and incredibly holy place.
Located in Emek Refaim, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Andrew's Church, Jaffa Gate and Mount Zion. Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Ben Yehuda Street are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Jerusalem hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Montefiore Windmill, Jaffa Gate and Mount Zion. Western Wall and Al-Aqsa Mosque are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Old City, this hostel is steps away from Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Temple Mount. Dome of the Rock and Church of the Holy Sepulchre are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Jerusalem City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Downtown Triangle and Ben Yehuda Street. Machane Yehuda Market and Jaffa Gate are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the centre of Jerusalem, this family-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Montefiore Windmill, Jaffa Gate and Ben Yehuda Street. Western Wall and Al-Aqsa Mosque are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Old City, this apartment building is steps away from Burnt House and Western Wall. Al-Aqsa Mosque and Temple Mount are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Old City, this hostel is steps away from Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Western Wall and Al-Aqsa Mosque are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Old City, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Church of the Flagellation and Temple Mount. Western Wall and Al-Aqsa Mosque are also within 10 minutes.