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“A Most Holy Place”
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A hill in the eastern part of Old Jerusalem is of special significance to the world's three major religions. It was reputedly the site of the first and second Jewish Temple, and since the 7th century has contained two Muslim shrines.
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“A Most Holy Place”
Reviewed September 29, 2011

This site is Holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. But, Orthodox Jews are not allowed. Since this site is Holy to Muslims we see a lot of interesting things including a large group of young women dressed in black from head to toe. But, their female guide was dressed in contemporary dress.

Visited March 2011
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“Peaceful serenity.”
Reviewed December 24, 2010

I visited the Temple Mount early in my week in Jerusalem and considered it an essential visit along with the Western Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Entrance is at Moor's Gate, to the right of the entrance to the Western Wall through the Dung Gate. You do pass through security and times for entrance tend to change but are currently M-Th 7:30-10:30, then again at 12:30-1:30. I visited right when the gate was opened at 7:30, I think there were six of us initially and entry/security was not a problem.

The Temple Mount itself was a real highlight of my time in Jerusalem. It's technically in the Old City obviously but otherwise might as well be in the countryside. There were no crowds and I felt like I had the whole place to myself. The Dome of the Rock (see separate review) is obviously a highlight, but the Dome of the Chain, qanatirs, and interior view of the Golden Gate were also interesting. More importantly, this is a nice place to just wander around and decompress for a bit before you return to the turmoil of the Old City proper.

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“Stunning--so glad I visited!”
Reviewed November 20, 2010

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the site of two mosques, the Dome of the Rock and the al Aqsa, and overlooks the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) plaza. Non-Muslims are not permitted inside the mosques, but the buildings themselves are beautiful. Additionally, this site offers beautiful views of the Old City of Jerusalem as well as the surrounding area. I was impressed by the expanse and quiet as compared to the bustling Western Wall area below. The entrance to the Temple Mount area is just to the right of the main women’s entrance to the Western Wall (via Dung Gate). You pass through the separate entry way and then proceed to climb up a wooden bridge leading from ground level to the Temple Mount. Access was limited this summer to 7:30 am - 11 am Sunday through Thursday but do check for current schedules as this may change. Please note both men and women should dress modestly (long sleeves and long pants or skirts). One man visiting while we were there was asked to leave because he was wearing shorts.

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“Temple Mount/Jerusalem Archeological Park”
Reviewed February 28, 2010

The Jerusalem Archeological Park is to the right side of the Western (Wailing) Wall of the old city where you can see the excavated steps of the Second Temple period along with exhibits of the Temple Mount area. Your time there is likely to be about 1-2 hours. If you are lucky, you may also be able to go onto the Temple Mount which, at the time, was allowed for non-Muslims on Sundays. You will probably spend less than 1 hour there. Note that entrance to the mosque itself is restricted to Muslims only.

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Olympia, Wa
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“More advice re Temple Mount”
Reviewed March 27, 2009

If you want to visit Temple Mount in Jerusalem, here's more info. The only entry for non Muslims is called Moors Gate which is accessed via the covered walk to the right of the Wailing Wall (as you face the wall---see the photo). The hours are 7:30 am to 10:30 am. The guide book also says 11:30 am to 1:30 pm but we did not stay long enough to confirm it. Our guide book also says you can access by Chain Gate but this is not correct. Chain Gate is only an exit now.
We were on a Gate 1 tour and it was great value. But the tour did not include Temple Mount and our guide (bless his heart, he was a right-wing sabra) knew of my interest in Temple Mount did not tell me about the covered walk while we were at the Wailing Wall. I had to find out the hard way and we almost ran out of time.
Luckily, we negotiated an extra night in Jerusalem at the end of the tour with a late return flight. The extra morning gave us the time for this great delight. This is why I am sharing this advice with future travelers. Plan ahead. Pay for an extra night if you have to. You need to enjoy the full spiritual experience of the three faiths in that beautiful city. Let there be peace and let it begin with me.

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