Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Temple Mount, Jerusalem (must see)

The Temple Mount is one of the most sacred spots in all Jerusalem, and perhaps the world. Three major world faiths lay claim to the holy place. In Hebrew, it is called (Har haBáyit) or Noble Sanctuary. In Arabic, it is called (Haram esh-Sharif).

From a topographical standpoint, this place is an elevated plateau that is located in the oldest part of the city. From a political perspective, this holy place is governed by the Supreme Muslim Religious Council.

For the Christian and Jewish communities, this place is sacred because it used to be the site for the Temple of Jerusalem. It is also reported to be the place where Jesus will return to earth in the apocalyptic texts of the Bible, to start the kingdom of God on earth once more.

The Muslim faith considers this place important because the Prophet Muhammad reportedly made a journey to heaven from this same location. This is recorded in the Qur’an.

This sacred piece of ground has also been the mythical locations of the binding of Isaac, where the presence of Yahweh came to rest, and even the place where Adam was formed from the proverbial dust of the ground. So, as you can see, this is a special piece of earth, to say the least. You may want to research the mythos of the Temple Mount further before visiting.

Tip:
It is probably best to get an experienced guide for your trip to the Temple Mount. He/she will know everything about the opening hours and access.
You can access through the wooden bridge on the Western Wall plaza. There is a strict security check at the entrance, so don't forget your passport.
Whatever you do, come early while others are still sleeping, as this is one of the places in the world worth visiting in a completely serene and relaxed atmosphere.

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Temple Mount on Map

Sight Name: Temple Mount
Sight Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Landmarks of Jerusalem Walking Tour   Old City Orientation Walk  

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Cultural Walking Tour of Jerusalem

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