The Dome of the Rock has become the symbol of Jerusalem all over the world. Its stunning golden dome and blue tiles look different depending on the time of day. The gorgeous gardens surrounding the Dome, the Haram El Sharif (the Noble sanctuary, known to Jews as Temple Mount) offer a bird’s eye view on all of Jerusalem. The inside decoration of the Dome, one of Islam’s holiest shrines, is equally stunning, with magnificent mosaic, faience and marble adorning the walls, and the Foundation Stone in the middle. Located at the other end of the Noble Sanctuary, Al Aqsa mosque is decorated in a much more simple way; the remnants of a Crusader chapel can be seen inside.
Contrary to what many people allege, non-Muslims are allowed to to enter the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque. However for security reasons, they must arrange the visit with the Waqf (Palestinian ministry of religious affairs) well ahead of time.
The gardens surrounding both monuments are fully accessible to non-Muslims, however the Israeli army will not let non-Muslims access through the usual gates of the compound, only through the bridge departing from the side of the Western Wall. This bridge, manned by the Israeli army, is closed on Friday-Saturdays due to shabbat and opens only a few hours every day (usually something like 7 to 10am and 12 to 15pm). Once inside, non-Muslim visitors can spend as long as they want in the site as they are allowed to exit by any of the usual gates.
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