17/11/2005

Dome of the Rock

 
 

It is a round building consisting of an octogonal lower storey surmounted by a dome over the holy Moriah rock.  The Jews and Muslims believe that the Rock marks the spot where Abraham intended to sacrifice Isaac and where Mohammed was carried up into Heaven on the miraculous horse Burak. Under the rock is a cave which the Muslims call "Bir el arwah" (Fountain of souls) and which they believe is where the souls of the dead gather to pray.

 

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