Images of Jerusalem: Dome of the Rock
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The Dome of the Rock is a Muslim shrine which stands on raised bedrock which is traditionally believed to be the place where the first Jewish temple was built. It was also here that people believe Abraham tried to sacrifice his son to God and where Muhammad is believed to have ascended into heaven in order to receive God's commandments.
Constructed around 691 CE by Umayyad Dynasty, this has become the third holiest site for Muslim pilgrimage, after Mecca and Medina. It is probably the oldest surviving example of early Islamic architecture and is modeled after the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is located nearby.