comScore

Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock

#4 in Best Things To Do in Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock picture in Jerusalem
Temple Mount picture in Jerusalem
Dome of the Rock picture in Jerusalem
Temple Mount picture in Jerusalem

Key Info

Details

  • Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.7
Overall
US NEWS LOGO

Scorecard

  • Value
    4.5
  • Atmosphere
    4.0

Read about how we rank Things to Do.

Temple Mount is one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem for both Jews and Muslims. Historians have associated it with Mount Moriah (where the binding of Isaac took place) and Mount Zion (where the original Jebusite fortress once stood); however, neither theory has been proven. Jews believe that this section of the Old City is the resting place of the Divine Presence on earth and the source of the dust that God used to create Adam. Meanwhile, Muslims believe that Muhammad's ascent to heaven took place at Temple Mount. Even if you're not a believer, travelers say that Temple Mount is worth visiting for its resounding historical significance. According to one TripAdvisor user, "It was so interesting to see thousands of years converge in one place. This is a do not miss experience in my opinion."

Despite its importance to both religions, Temple Mount's most notable feature is distinctly Muslim: the Dome of the Rock. Encased in this golden-topped structure is the rock where Muhammad prayed with Gabriel. It is also said to be the exact location of his ascension. You should also pay a visit to the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place in Islam behind Mecca and Medina. Constructed in 720 A.D., Al Aqsa is described by many as one of the most beautiful mosques in the world.

Temple Mount's visiting hours vary, and you must obtain permission from the guards to enter the area. You will not be granted access if your legs and shoulders aren't covered. Entry to the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa is 38 ILS (roughly $10 USD). Also, note that you will need to remove your shoes upon entering these two attractions in accordance with Muslim tradition. You can learn more about Temple Mount here.

Powered by Viator See more Tours & Tickets

Hotels Nearby

  • Thing to Do
  • Hotel
Hashimi Hotel

Hashimi Hotel ...

  • 0.3 Miles Away
  • 2.0-star Hotel Class
Mount Of Olives Hotel

Mount Of Olives Hotel ...

  • 0.5 Miles Away
  • 2.0-star Hotel Class
See all hotels in Jerusalem »

More Best Things to Do in Jerusalem

Old Jerusalem picture in Jerusalem
Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
The Western Wall picture in Jerusalem
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum picture in Jerusalem
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Dome of the Rock picture in Jerusalem
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
View from the Mount of Olives picture in Jerusalem
Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Vendor at Mahane Yehuda picture in Jerusalem
Shopping, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Hall of Names at Yad Vashem picture in Jerusalem
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Church of the Holy Sepulchre picture in Jerusalem
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Descending into the City of David picture in Jerusalem
Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
The Garden Tomb picture in Jerusalem
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Tower of David picture in Jerusalem
Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Via Dolorosa picture in Jerusalem
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Sunrise over the Dead Sea picture in Jerusalem
Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
|

#1 Old City Chances are that you'll spend much of your time here. The Old City is home to many of Jerusalem's most sought-after attractions, including the Western Wall, the Church ... Read more » jmutzinger / Flickr

#2 Western Wall (Wailing Wall) The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall or the Kotel, is the most significant historic site for the Jewish faith. This wall, located in the heart of the ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#3 Israel Museum Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum is the country's largest cultural institution and one of the world's leading art and archeology museums. Sprawling across 20 acres, the Israel ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#4 Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock Temple Mount is one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem for both Jews and Muslims. Historians have associated it with Mount Moriah (where the binding of Isaac took place) and ... Read more » Yulia_Malinovskaya / Getty Images

#5 Mount of Olives Named after the olive groves that once covered its slopes, this 2,900-foot mountain stands opposite the Old City across the Kidron Valley. For more than 3,000 years, the ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#6 Mahane Yehuda Sandwiched between Agripas and Yafo streets in West Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda offers a glimpse (and a taste) of authentic life in modern Israel. This vibrant marketplace houses vendors selling everything ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#7 Yad Vashem Located about four miles from the Old City in West Jerusalem's Mount Herzl neighborhood, Yad Vashem contains the world's largest collection of information on the Holocaust. Stretching out ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#8 Church of the Holy Sepulchre Believed to stand directly above Jesus Christ's tomb, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is considered one of the world's holiest Christian sites. Emperor Constantine originally built the ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#9 City of David and Hezekiah's Tunnel The City of David, founded more than 3,000 years ago by King David, serves as a major archeology site and a functioning residential neighborhood within the Old City. Visitors ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#10 Garden Tomb The Church of the Holy Sepulchre may have a shrine, but it is widely believed that Jesus Christ was actually buried and then resurrected in the Garden Tomb. Located just ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#11 Tower of David Museum The Tower of David Museum inhabits the medieval Tower of David. Despite its name, the Tower of David did not actually have anything to do with Kind David. While the ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#12 Via Dolorosa Flanking the northwest corner of Temple Mount lies Via Dolorosa, which translates to "way of sorrows." This passageway led Jesus from Pontius Pilate's sentencing to Golgotha, where the crucifixion ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#13 The Dead Sea and Masada If you're planning on spending several days to a week in Jerusalem, consider taking a day trip to the Dead Sea. Located southeast of Jerusalem, along the Israel-Jordan border ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

Old Jerusalem picture in Jerusalem
The Western Wall picture in Jerusalem
Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum picture in Jerusalem
Dome of the Rock picture in Jerusalem
View from the Mount of Olives picture in Jerusalem
Vendor at Mahane Yehuda picture in Jerusalem
Hall of Names at Yad Vashem picture in Jerusalem
Church of the Holy Sepulchre picture in Jerusalem
Descending into the City of David picture in Jerusalem
The Garden Tomb picture in Jerusalem
Tower of David picture in Jerusalem
Via Dolorosa picture in Jerusalem
Sunrise over the Dead Sea picture in Jerusalem
Old Jerusalem picture in Jerusalem
The Western Wall picture in Jerusalem
Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum picture in Jerusalem
Dome of the Rock picture in Jerusalem
View from the Mount of Olives picture in Jerusalem
Vendor at Mahane Yehuda picture in Jerusalem
Hall of Names at Yad Vashem picture in Jerusalem
Church of the Holy Sepulchre picture in Jerusalem
Descending into the City of David picture in Jerusalem
The Garden Tomb picture in Jerusalem
Tower of David picture in Jerusalem
Via Dolorosa picture in Jerusalem
Sunrise over the Dead Sea picture in Jerusalem

The Old City dates back several thousand years and is home to Jerusalem's most famous religious sites. jmutzinger / Flickr

Thousands of Jews come to pray at the Western Wall each year. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

The Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book houses the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

This stunning domed shrine resides on Temple Mount. Yulia_Malinovskaya / Getty Images

For great views of Jerusalem, head to the Mount of Olives. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

Spice up lunchtime with a trip to Mahane Yehuda, a bustling marketplace in West Jerusalem. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

The Hall of Names is one of the many memorials set up at Yad Vashem to honors those who were affected by the Holocaust. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

This beautiful shrine at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses the tomb of Jesus Christ. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

The City of David is the oldest neighborhood in Jerusalem; many believe it is where King David established his capital. Intrepid explorers can see what's hiding underneath the surface. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

Although the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is widely believed to be the site of Jesus Christ's official tomb, many consider the Garden Tomb to be the actual site of his burial and resurrection. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

The Tower of David's primary role was to defend the city, but it's name reflects the Byzantine Christian belief that this was where King David's palace once stood. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

The Dead Sea is the lowest spot on the earth's surface, sitting almost 1,365 feet below sea level. It's name refers to the fact that no living creature can survive in it due to the water's incredible salinity. Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

×

See full list of Best Things to Do in Jerusalem »

Explore More of Jerusalem

Find the Best Price

Enter your check in and check out dates to find the best price

PriceFinder powered by TripAdvisor Primary Logo