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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Curly_Kale64
United Kingdom1,358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We arrived at Temple Mount when it first opened at 7am. We were one of the only visitors there at that time (granted, it was January so not exactly peak season) and it was worth the early rise. The architecture is truly breathtaking and definitely a ‘must see’ for any visit to Israel.
Written April 13, 2020
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Elsaivers
Washington DC, DC47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Yes, you can visit the temple mount. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it is currently open to non-Muslim visitors beginning at 7am. Check with the guards the day before you plan to visit to confirm.

The entrance is up a ramp and you will go through security first. They may ask your nationality. (I did not need to show a passport but it might not be bad idea to bring it).

Once you go up the ramp, you may be asked to put on a scarf if you are not dressed modestly. You do not need to cover your hair, but as at other religious sites, women should cover their knees and elbows.

Yes, you can walk around. I went just after 7am and it was very quiet and peaceful. Take a look, take some pictures. Admire the history and be respectful that it is a religious site.

When leaving, the exit is different from the entrance. You cannot return to the Temple Mount through the exit which is another spot in the old city. There will be security there and the street will be blocked off so anyone who you want to meet after your visit would have to wait outside of the barriers.
Written July 17, 2022
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Christine W
London, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The sight of the golden dome had been tempting us for days. The thought of an early start did not appeal, and the small window of opportunity to visit at lunchtime seemed a bit hit and miss. However, we arrived just before the stated opening time late morning and joined the long security queue. The security is tight - the ladies in front of me had to stow their bags in lockers as they had previously bought a small wooden nativity and it was not allowed to be taken in to Temple Mount. However, everything moved quite quickly and smoothly and we were up and over the wooden bridge swiftly. Entering the main area there was further 'decency security'. Those in short trousers (male and female) were given a long elasticated skirt to wear. Those whose upper clothing did not suit, were given a heavy polyester type hoodie. Having lived in countries with strict Islamic dress codes, I had carefully selected a black top that conformed to all restrictions, with 3/4 sleeves, high neck and 2 totally opaque layers . However this was deemed 'see through'. The man must have had x ray vision! I started to show my indignation, but quickly realised that being able to enter was more important than keeping quiet and wearing the hoodie. Interestingly, head covering for women was not enforced (I had come prepared for that too).
We were amazed at the sheer size of the Temple Mount complex and blown away by its history. It was beautiful and one of our favourite sites in Jerusalem. A definite must see.
After about 50 min the tourists were herded up and told to leave. So glad we were able to experience this.
Written November 23, 2022
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Marija Rusaka
Jönköping, Sweden745 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
One of the most historic and religious places for Christians, Muslims and Jewish people!
This amazing and atmospheric place situated in heart of the old Jerusalem city. You need to cross check post to enter place. All people was polite and helpful so you can’t wait some problems at this stage. When you come up direct you can see stunning design of Dome of the Rock, one of the most beautiful mosques I ever see !!! You can find fantastic view of Mountain of Olives! Highly recommended to all !
Written October 1, 2020
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TravelDonCA
Tehachapi, CA212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Absolutely spectacular. We spent a lot of time here going over the history and viewing the way things were and the way things are. Note that this is a modesty site – cover arms, legs, etc. Men – if your shorts are too short you get to wear a wrap-around dress-like thing. There were guards chasing people (women) away from the Dome of the Rock. It was not easily discernible what their transgression was. They were fully covered and taking pictures. The muslim architecture is beautiful and the tiles are intricate. It will be interesting to compare what is there now with the new Jewish Temple when it is rebuilt.
Written January 3, 2020
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ChrisThomasTravels
Manama, Bahrain723 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
An important site for three major religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) this spot should be included on any itinerary for a Jerusalem visit. Make sure to obey instructions from security officials and observe scheduled visit times. The area is a source of contention between local Jewish and muslim residents, occasionally leading to small, mostly peaceful protests.
Written November 12, 2020
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SmartTraveler
Muar, Malaysia865 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 April 14, 2023
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Peadar-Fru
Bucharest, Romania34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Sunday 23rd Feb and my last day in Israel and I was determined to visit the Temple Mount. I left my apartment, near Jaffa Gate, at 7am and walked down through the old city. What a contrast. Later in the day the narrow streets are thronged with a multitude of visitors but this early all the stalls are closed and it was easy going to the Dung gate.
Most people were going to the Western wall with only a few going to the Temple Mount.
No queues and security not a problem. Luckily it was a lovely morning, cold but dry and bright.
The first thing that struck me was the quiet. The only sounds were birds singing. I had the place almost to myself. I walked up around the Dome Of The Rock.
It is a stunning building and there was an atmosphere of total peace. I took a few minutes to absorb the calm. I walked down the steps to the Al Aqsa mosque. Not as ornate or readily recognised as the dome but still impressive.
I walked around it all one more time and headed back up through the old city and was back having breakfast at 08:30.
Definitely a site not to be missed and I definitely recommend this early morning time.
Written March 5, 2020
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Hank H
Virginia531 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Was grateful that a guard allowed us to quickly (and respectfully) approach and walk around the mosque and exit close to closing time. You aren't allowed inside but no matter - its beautiful just to see it up close.

TIP: If you visit the Wailing Wall, you must also ascend the Temple Mount to see this beautiful site, learn of its history, and understand the Muslim-Jewish tension.associated with it.
Written February 2, 2020
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Aqusite
California1,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 July 1, 2023
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