Al-Aqsa Mosque – holiest mosque in Jerusalem

Posted in Israel | May 19, 2010


The Al-Aqsa Mosque is regarded as the most significant mosque in Jerusalem. Positioned on the Haram esh-Sharif (commonly the Noble Sanctuary) or else Temple Mount, this mosque is known to be the third holiest site according to Islam subsequent to Mecca, which is followed by Medina. In addition this is the central focal point of the Muslim community that is resident in Jerusalem, which hosts every day prayers as well as accommodating huge crowds intended for the Friday sermons.

Al-Aqsa Mosque – History

In the beginning, the entire of Jerusalem was acknowledged as the masjid al-aqsa, or else “distant sanctuary,” on the other hand, the term in due course came to be functional to the major mosque in this city. Also it is by no means certain, when the foremost mosque was constructed on the site, which is the foremost mosque in the city of Jerusalem, moreover, the Mosque of Umar, was constructed in the year 638 as well as might have stood at this point. In the year 680, Arculf, the Christian pilgrim portrayed a mosque, which seems to be on this place.

Furthermore, the earliest mosque, which was certainly constructed at this point, was built by the Umayyad, in the year 710 AD, merely a few years subsequent to the Dome of the Rock. Moreover under the rule of Abbasid, it achieved its greatest degree by the ending of the eighth century with almost 15 aisles.

Unluckily not anything of the ancient mosque is surviving in the present day, also it was shattered by sever earthquakes two times in its foremost 60 yrs of its existence as well as has been reconstructed no less than five times. In addition, the most recent major reconstruction took place in the year 1035 by the orders of Caliph az-Zahir.

In the year 1099, Jerusalem was been captured by Crusaders and after that Al-Aqsa Mosque was utilized as the imperial palace by the Crusader kings, at that time as the control center of the Knights Templar in the year 1118. The inheritance of all of these European inhabitants remains within the Romanesque central bays of this main facade.

Al-Aqsa Mosque – Opening hours:

Al through the summer months the opening hours of Al-Aqsa Mosque are as follows:

From Saturday to Thursday – morning 7:30 am to 11 am

Later in afternoon from 1:30 pm to 3 pm

Al through the winter months the opening hours of Al-Aqsa Mosque are as follows:

From Sunday to Saturday morning 8 am to 10:30 am

Later in afternoon from 12:30 pm to 2 pm

Al-Aqsa Mosque – Entrance fees:

You can get the combined ticket designed for El-Aqsa Mosque, Islamic Museum and Dome of the Rock, which is charged NIS 36

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