Al-Aqsa Mosque Tours
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Within Old Jerusalem’s al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, lies the third holiest site in Islam, after Mecca and Medina. The al-Aqsa Mosque, which translates to “the farthest mosque,” sits beside the Dome of the Rock, and it is believed that Muhammed ascended to heaven from this spot after being transported from Sacred Mosque in Mecca.
Over the centuries the silver-domed mosque has been destroyed in several different earthquakes and subsequently rebuilt. With four minarets, the present day structure is characteristic of early Islamic architecture. The interior contains 121 stained glass windows, its massive dome painted with 14th-century designs. The dome was recovered in lead in 1985 to replace the aluminum cover with its original cover. Though Israel maintains control of the space, it is overseen by the Waqf, a Jordanian and Palestinian authority of the Muslim holy sites in Israel.
The Al Asqa Mosque is located on Temple Mount in Old Jerusalem, next to the Dome of the Rock. The mosque holds daily prayers and Friday service, though at present time Non-Muslims visitors are not permitted to enter the mosque.
Address: Jerusalem, Israel
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Al-Aqsa Mosque
Join a unique, inter-faith tour led by one Jewish and one Palestinian guide as you explore Jerusalem’s Old City. Highlights include stops at major religious and historical attractions, including Al Aqsa Mosque, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Go behind the sights to learn in-depth context about recent tensions as you ponder the fate of the city.
A standard visit to the Temple Mount only allows for non-Muslim tourists to appreciate the most important and impressive buildings from the outside. This virtual tour explores the inside of both the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. And in addition, it zooms in and provides context to most of the holy and interesting sites on the Temple Mount
Discover Jerusalem’s rich Islamic heritage on this specially themed, history-packed tour of “Al Quds,” as the mixed-faith city is known in Arabic. Highlights include a guided visit through Temple Mount, with stops at Al Aqsa Mosque and the iconic, gold-roofed Dome of the Rock, plus a stroll through the souks and cafes of the walled Muslim Quarter.
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