Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dome on the Rock

Though I have visited this site once in 1994, I have yet to do so since we arrived here in Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock, the third holiest place for the Muslims, is unfortunately partially restricted due to security reasons since 2000. As a non-muslim, one can walk around on the grounds on non-holy days, but not enter the mosque itself where it is said Mohammed flew to heaven, unless one has certain connections. Luckily my husband had such connections and could go see the interior of the mosque for himself.

View of Mount of Olives

Dome on the Rock

What I admire especially with mosques are the multitude of geometric designs as muslims are forbidden to use human imagery in such holy places. Are not the shapes inspirational for quilters as well?

Al-Aqsa Mosque where Mohammed is said to have landed prior to going to heaven

A very well-known photo

No one can refute the splendor of this monument, a true landmark in Jerusalem.

The plateau upon which the two mosques are placed is the size of several football fields and is a place for socializing and relaxation. I think I will follow these ladies' example and take a break.

Have a relaxing day!


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