Temple Mount, Jerusalem
The Temple Mount or Noble Sanctuary is a elevated plateau in the Old City rich with history and religious importance. It is currently governed by the Waqf, or Supreme Muslim Religious Council. It has names in Hebrew Har haBáyit and in Arabic Haram esh-Sharif.
The Temple Mount is sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians. It is believed to be the site of the great Temple of Jerusalem, the holiest place in Judaism. For Muslims, it is the site of the Prophet Muhammad's journey to heaven described in the Qur'an. Finally, Christians revere it as a place frequently visited by Jesus and some believe it will play a major role in end-time events.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 35.34" N 35° 13' 59.35" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Temple Mount 1.
and according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 28.64" N 35° 14' 0.44" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Temple Mount 2.
For safety reason, we were told to go back to our groups soon after the prayer and not to stop over somewhere to listen to any speech due of fears that it might spark violence or riots.
Fondest memory: Seeing And Praying In Masjidil Al-Aqsa!!!
Not sure If is this, please correct me if I am wrong, while we were visiting the wailing wall, we saw this group of students, celebrating their first Tora. Their parents were there sharing their happiness.
Take a look at Dome of the Rock. It stands on a big square near the El Aqsa mosque. The Dome is a mosque too. You can enter it, when you pay a small sum and take your shoes of. From the outside the Dome is beautiful. The roof is made of gold and the walls are covered with mozaïc.
Fondest memory: More about Dome of the Rock and its surroundings you can find in my TRAVELLOGUE!
Favorite thing: El-Aqsa Dome is one of the most important holy place for Muslims.According to Quaran ,Messiah Muhammed flies to sky on a rock and in the middle of El-Aqsa there is a rock on the air.Actually, in past the rock was totally on the air, but after a long time because of chemical reactions doesn't seem completely as on the air.
Favorite thing: The Dome of the Rock was built in 687 AD by Caliph Abd al-Malik. It marks the site where the Prophet Mohammad made his miraaj or Night Journey into the heavens and back to Makkah.
Fondest memory: Another view of the Western wall. Here you can see the 'Dome on the Mount' behind it, which is often 'removed' from official photos....