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“Avoid it! They simply don't want any non-muslims up there”
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Temple Mount
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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.
Reviewed December 24, 2013

As mentioned in several other reviews...if you are not muslim you are NOT welcome and they will make sure you get the message. First you have spend an hour in a line to be admitted by a segregated entrance. The security check is far more thorough than the one you have to pass through to get to the Western Wall; a couple next to me was prevented from entering because only because they had a bible in their backpacks. Beyond ridiculous.
We have spent something like 20 minutes up on the area between the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of Rock enjoying the afternoon sun and views when the Arab guards decided it's time to close it down for infidels and they literally started kicking people out. Those who were (in their eyes) not leaving the grounds fast enough were yelled at and verbally abused, both of which has totally uncalled for as other tourists were simply trying to enjoy what's been allowed to them to see given their non-muslim status.
I do not discount the cultural and religious significance of the place for muslim, however at the same time I don't need to be yelled at or be a subject of hostility for simply not being muslim. Overall, it was very unpleasant experience, waste of almost two hours and a "great" PR for the so called religion of peace. If you have some basic self-respect, simply avoid the place. Christian and Jewish sites in Jerusalem are far more welcoming.

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Reviewed December 24, 2013

Access is restricted to certain times and days to non Muslims and when you do go onto temple mount you are constantly followed by Muslim, street sweepers or guards. Because it is a site of such historical signification it is worth the effort to go up to. Israelis have very limited access and Arab/Muslims can go up as often as they like as it is currently administered by them. they have access through various gates but non Muslims generally have to enter the temple mount area via the security area near the Western wall.

Thank mrewin
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

Visitors are only allowed up on the Temple Mount a short period of the day, and you will have to stand in line to have the honor of getting to the Temple Mount. Once up on the mount, if you are not Muslim, you will not be allowed inside the golden domed building. You can sit or walk around the outside and get a nice view of Jerusalem.

Thank KyBoop
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

It's an amazing place! Muslims are great for building these mosques! I was really fafascinated especially by Al-Aqsa mosque! But it's really sad though that a lot of people like most of the palestinians can't go there and practice their religion because of the Israeli obstacles

Thank josh3333
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

You really have to be a Muslim to visit the Dome. We even tried to fake being Muslims but our caper was foiled by the guards.

We did get close to the rock in the underground tunnel tour though.

4  Thank yesmate
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