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Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel

From series “Top Surviving Artifacts of Muslim Civilization”
Year: 7 century.

In Jerusalem on the Temple Mount, there is another great Muslim shrine - the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This mosque is not distinguished by its impressive scale and luxury of decoration, but for the adherents of the Muslim religion, it is a permanent symbol of faith. The founder of the mosque is Caliph Umar, its construction was completed in the middle of the 7th century. According to the legend, before the ascension to Allah, the Prophet Muhammad prayed on the place where today the mosque is located. At the same time, up to 5,000 believers can pray in the walls of this mosque, which is crowned by a huge dome of lead.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel Over the years, the oldest mosque witnessed many outstanding historical events, in 1099 the Crusaders converted it to their headquarters, and later to the church. The status of the mosque was sacred only during the reign of Salah ad-Din. The ancient mosque has a lot of amazing features, according to one of the ancient traditions, it was just the site of the mosque where the Prophet Suleiman was buried. During the reign of the Roman Empire, a real dump in was located on site of the modern mosque. It was just Caliph Umar, who ordered to clear these territories of rubbish.

Within the walls of the mosque, many believers discover new truths, once in the walls of this mosque the famous scholar Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali wrote his greatest book, Ihya Ulum ad-Din. A number of tragic events are connected with the history of the mosque's existence, one of the last tragedies occurred in 1969. Entered into the mosque, the Australian Zionist committed a fire, which caused a very severe fire, only miraculously relics, which were kept in the mosque, were not harmed. Next - Kaaba


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Car rental office: 'Sixt car rental' is located in 1.01 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Rockefeller Paz' in 0.85 km
Parking: 'Giv'ati Parking Lot' in 0.21 km
Police station: 'Jerusalem Regional Police Headquarters' in 1.41 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Simcha Hall at the Kotel' in 0.22 km
Railway station: 'Jerusalem-Malha' in 5.49 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Ben Gurion Airport TLV - in 42 km
 »  Mendez Airport MZD - in 51 km
 »  Sde Dov Airport SDV - in 56 km
 »  Queen Alia Airport AMM - in 71 km
 »  Marka International Airport ADJ - in 74 km
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Best hotels near Al-Aqsa Mosque

New Imperial Hotel

Located in 0 km from Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Rooms: 50
All rooms come with a flat-satellite screen TV and a balcony. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Private … More: photo, rates and booking
Shamai Suites Jerusalem

Located in 1 km from Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Rooms: 15
Each apartment is air conditioned and features a laptop-sized safe and flat-screen TV with cable channels. The kitchenette includes a microwave, … More: photo, rates and booking
Levy Apartments

Located in 2 km from Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Rooms: 16
All rooms and studios are modern and come with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The studios also feature a fully equipped kitchenette. You get fresh … More: photo, rates and booking
Royal Jerusalem

Located in 3 km from Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Rooms: 246
All rooms feature cable TV, air-conditioning, phone and a mini fridge. En-suite bathrooms provide free toiletries and a bath or shower. Full Israeli … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Church of the Resurrection of Christ
0 km - Church of the Resurrection of Christ
In Jerusalem has placed the greatest Orthodox Church of the world meaning – Church of the Resurrection of Christ. Mostly known as Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This cathedral was established in 325 year. The place where it is now is a precise place of the Christ …
Jerusalem
2 km - Jerusalem
Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the Middle East and one of the oldest cities in the world, whose history dates back to 2800 BC. Many travelers know it as the location of priceless religious shrines. It’s visited by followers of the …
The Monastery of Mar Saba
12 km - The Monastery of Mar Saba
There is the Orthodox monastery of Mar Saba In Israel, near Jerusalem. The shrine is known to many travelers as the Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified. In appearance it resembles a powerful medieval fortress. The monastery was named after its founder and was laid …
Monastery of George Khozevita
23 km - Monastery of George Khozevita
In Israel there is a building, on the road to which one is extremely complicated. It is about Gheorghe Hozevitul Monastery. This Orthodox monastery is considered one of the oldest in the world and is located on the territory of the Celt Valley, in the Jewish desert. …
Oak of Mamre
30 km - Oak of Mamre
There are also quite unusual among the Jewish holy places. A great example is the Oak of Mamre. A nice biblical legend tells about this old tree. According to it, Abraham was talking to God there. For these reasons, a unique tree is also known under the name Oak of …
Mini Israel
51 km - Mini Israel
The Israeli city of Latrun represents a theme park 'Israel in Miniature', which introduces visitors architectural and historical landmarks of the country. Models of the most outstanding and beautiful buildings of Israel are presented in the park. Among them are …

Top destination around Al-Aqsa Mosque - Jerusalem

The Temple Mount is one of the most popular excursion destinations in Jerusalem and one of its holy sites. Not far away from the Temple Mount tourists will find Valley of the Kings. According to one theory, this is the place where the construction of Jerusalem started under the leadership of King David. Not so long ago the valley was a huge sight of archaeological excavations. Scientists managed to discover a lot of interesting objects there. Ancient arches and tombs, old ruins of the first districts and buildings dating back thousands of years – these are the main attractions of this place.

In addition to religious shrines, the city is famous for its modern architecture monuments. During a walk to Safra Square, visitors can see the building of City Hall, which was built in the beginning of the 90s of the last century. This architectural complex simply strikes visitors with its luxury. It was built in best traditions of the local culture. The building of Supreme Court is another beautiful architectural monument, which was completed in 1992. The building is distinguished not only by unique architectural style, but also by luxurious decoration.
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