Temple Mount
Temple Mount
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A hill in the eastern part of Old Jerusalem is of special significance to the world's three major religions. It was reputedly the site of the first and second Jewish Temple, and since the 7th century has contained two Muslim shrines.
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  • Travelibrarian
    Istanbul, Türkiye185 contributions
    Our favourite site in Jerusalem.
    We almost skipped this site. Our friends have had trouble getting in. Some mornings it is closed with no explanation. We dressed conservatively, showed up around 8:30 am after the first wave of people were in, and had no long line and no hassle. No one searched our bags or asked questions. It was our favourite place in Jerusalem. It is a really large place, so despite its popularity, it didn't feel crowded. Lovely views of the city all round. A photographer's dream. We exited through the cotton gate which leads to the old cotton market and into the warren of streets in the old city. Don't miss it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Brenda S
    Auckland Central, New Zealand42 contributions
    A beautiful and peaceful site.
    It took a bit of working out how to make our way through the warren of streets that make up old Jerusalem; but oh stepping onto the Temple Mount made it so worthwhile! It is a tranquil space of so much significance to so many. We entered via a series of ramps from the Western wall. These ramps pass over the western wall and also provide a good vantage for seeing others at prayer without disturbing them. Yes we had to pass through security but that didn't take too long. The Temple Mount is beautiful and well cared for. We spent about an hour and a half wandering around, soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos. Truly a beautiful and iconic site.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • arvind1000
    Pune, India2,262 contributions
    Must visit
    Must visit in old city of Jerusalem. It is believed to be the location of where the Second Jewish Temple stood ( therefore holy for the Jews) and also site of two Islamic structures-the Dome of the Mount and Al Aqsa mosque. Non-Moslem visitors are allowed into the Temple Mount area but allowed in the Islamic structures. This holy site for both Jews and Moslems. Moslems believe that Mohammad ascended to heaven from here and therefore it’s regarded as the third most holy site after Mecca and Medina
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2023
  • SmartTraveler
    Muar, Malaysia658 contributions
    A Contentious Small Land
    We watch Temple Mount from a hilltop in Jerusalem. It is a piece of 37 acres land. Jews, Muslims and Christians fought over this revered site for centuries. Beneath it are soils that Adam was created from the dust. A rock slab where Abraham nearly sacrificed his son, Issac to God. Solomon built the First Temple here. Inside was the altar with the Ark of the Covenant. The Babylonians destroyed it. A second temple was rebuilt by Zerubbabel in 516 BCE. The Romans destroyed it in 70 CE. Muslims captured Jerusalem during the Byzantine era. They built mosques on the Temple Mount where Mohamad was said to ascend to heaven. Conflicts and restrictions to Christian pilgrims instigated Pope Urban ll. The Crusaders captured Jerusalem and massacred the Muslims and Jews in 1099 CE. Israelites recaptured it during the Six-Day War in 1967. Temple Mount is administered under the Waqf today. Non-Muslims are prohibited inside. Jews pray outside at the remnants of the Second Temple. They are contemplating to build a Third Temple on the sacred site. It remains contentious with conflicts and skirmishes between the Jews and Muslims. Christians foresee the second arrival of Jesus Christ here. We descended the hill top with bewilderment of humans fighting over a small piece of land for God. In contrast, God created a Universe and gave it to human.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Aqusite
    California1,579 contributions
    Breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime place to visit
    It left me completely breathless to see it in person. Photographs will never do it justice. While it's a Muslim site, and I am Jewish, nonetheless it was architecturally one of the most compelling sites for me to visit in Jerusalem -- and I went absolutely everywhere. Besides which, the entire grounds are sacred. So I went very early in the morning and encountered no line. I didn't realize how large the grounds were and poked through every nook and cranny, found actually very friendly groundskeepers and guards throughout, and absolutely had my breath taken away by this jewel box. There are few places in the world that are so stunning, aesthetically. Of course I didn't and couldn't go inside, but the exterior is amazing, as are the entire grounds, which slide into beautiful olive trees towards the back. In fact, if you keep walking through these, you wind up near the Via Dolorosa and also by Lion's Gate, which are very pleasant places to explore with many sites for Christians, Jews, and people who just like historical sites in general like me. If you are a living and breathing human with eyeballs, don't miss Al-Aqsa Mosque and Temple Mount in Jerusalem. There are a handful of places that are this beautiful in the world. I can count them on two hands only.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,036 contributions
    Temple Mount is a sacred site
    The Temple Mount adjoins the Old City of Jerusalem. It is sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians. The Temple Mount is a plateau. The Al Aksa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam. The Dome of the Rock is quite fascinating, it is said that Mohamad rode his magic horse Barak to heaven, where he conversed with the Prophets. You can see Barak's hoof print. Orthodox Jews often pray on the Temple Mount, which is the site of the ancient Temple. By the way, if you want to enter the Temple Mount, it's best to make arrangements in advance.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 October 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,036 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
The Temple Mount adjoins the Old City of Jerusalem. It is sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians. The Temple Mount is a plateau. The Al Aksa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam. The Dome of the Rock is quite fascinating, it is said that Mohamad rode his magic horse Barak to heaven, where he conversed with the Prophets. You can see Barak's hoof print. Orthodox Jews often pray on the Temple Mount, which is the site of the ancient Temple. By the way, if you want to enter the Temple Mount, it's best to make arrangements in advance.
Written 9 October 2023
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Aqusite
California1,579 contributions
Jun 2023
It left me completely breathless to see it in person. Photographs will never do it justice. While it's a Muslim site, and I am Jewish, nonetheless it was architecturally one of the most compelling sites for me to visit in Jerusalem -- and I went absolutely everywhere. Besides which, the entire grounds are sacred. So I went very early in the morning and encountered no line. I didn't realize how large the grounds were and poked through every nook and cranny, found actually very friendly groundskeepers and guards throughout, and absolutely had my breath taken away by this jewel box.

There are few places in the world that are so stunning, aesthetically. Of course I didn't and couldn't go inside, but the exterior is amazing, as are the entire grounds, which slide into beautiful olive trees towards the back. In fact, if you keep walking through these, you wind up near the Via Dolorosa and also by Lion's Gate, which are very pleasant places to explore with many sites for Christians, Jews, and people who just like historical sites in general like me.

If you are a living and breathing human with eyeballs, don't miss Al-Aqsa Mosque and Temple Mount in Jerusalem. There are a handful of places that are this beautiful in the world. I can count them on two hands only.
Written 1 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SmartTraveler
Muar, Malaysia658 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We watch Temple Mount from a hilltop in Jerusalem. It is a piece of 37 acres land. Jews, Muslims and Christians fought over this revered site for centuries. Beneath it are soils that Adam was created from the dust. A rock slab where Abraham nearly sacrificed his son, Issac to God. Solomon built the First Temple here. Inside was the altar with the Ark of the Covenant. The Babylonians destroyed it. A second temple was rebuilt by Zerubbabel in 516 BCE. The Romans destroyed it in 70 CE.

Muslims captured Jerusalem during the Byzantine era. They built mosques on the Temple Mount where Mohamad was said to ascend to heaven. Conflicts and restrictions to Christian pilgrims instigated Pope Urban ll. The Crusaders captured Jerusalem and massacred the Muslims and Jews in 1099 CE. Israelites recaptured it during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Temple Mount is administered under the Waqf today. Non-Muslims are prohibited inside. Jews pray outside at the remnants of the Second Temple. They are contemplating to build a Third Temple on the sacred site. It remains contentious with conflicts and skirmishes between the Jews and Muslims. Christians foresee the second arrival of Jesus Christ here.

We descended the hill top with bewilderment of humans fighting over a small piece of land for God. In contrast, God created a Universe and gave it to human.
Written 14 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

arvind1000
Pune, India2,262 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Must visit in old city of Jerusalem. It is believed to be the location of where the Second Jewish Temple stood ( therefore holy for the Jews) and also site of two Islamic structures-the Dome of the Mount and Al Aqsa mosque. Non-Moslem visitors are allowed into the Temple Mount area but allowed in the Islamic structures. This holy site for both Jews and Moslems. Moslems believe that Mohammad ascended to heaven from here and therefore it’s regarded as the third most holy site after Mecca and Medina
Written 7 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brenda S
Auckland Central, New Zealand42 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
It took a bit of working out how to make our way through the warren of streets that make up old Jerusalem; but oh stepping onto the Temple Mount made it so worthwhile! It is a tranquil space of so much significance to so many. We entered via a series of ramps from the Western wall. These ramps pass over the western wall and also provide a good vantage for seeing others at prayer without disturbing them. Yes we had to pass through security but that didn't take too long.
The Temple Mount is beautiful and well cared for. We spent about an hour and a half wandering around, soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos. Truly a beautiful and iconic site.
Written 1 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

J N
Enschede, The Netherlands12 contributions
Mar 2023
Been there 40 years ago. Now quite impossible to get there for non-Muslims. If that's the way it is; that's fine. But do not ask me which party is the most intolerant in the country. Just visit the Jewish, Christian and Armenian (the museum!) places. And be happy.
Written 28 March 2023
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Travelibrarian
Istanbul, Türkiye185 contributions
Mar 2023
We almost skipped this site. Our friends have had trouble getting in. Some mornings it is closed with no explanation. We dressed conservatively, showed up around 8:30 am after the first wave of people were in, and had no long line and no hassle. No one searched our bags or asked questions. It was our favourite place in Jerusalem. It is a really large place, so despite its popularity, it didn't feel crowded. Lovely views of the city all round. A photographer's dream. We exited through the cotton gate which leads to the old cotton market and into the warren of streets in the old city. Don't miss it.
Written 24 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Louis D
Malibu, CA122 contributions
Feb 2023
Yes, I get the significance of the site. It is intriguing and worth a visit. In the end, however, it's just not that interesting. The mosque is nondescript and the Dome of the Rock is what it is. It's a historic plaza with a decent view of Jerusalem.
Written 3 March 2023
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RohanChristian
Ahmedabad, India184 contributions
Nov 2022
the place where the last supper room is there. important and sacred place.too crowded have to visit early to avoid the rush
Written 28 January 2023
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michael palmer
Northallerton, UK16 contributions
Dec 2022
The tranquillity and beauty from such a vantage point is awe inspiring, in the court yards Corinth columns and ancient olive trees, from the arrow slits you can image all those that made claim to this site of notoriety.
Written 21 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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