Went to this place in April 2017 , a beautiful time to see this fascinating piece of Architecture. Although there is a lot of drama involving this place , which is a holy place for Christians , Jews , and also claimed by Muslims. At present is a Mosque , getting into this place itself involves a lot of Drama, you cannot wear a cross or carry anything that symbolises you are a Christian . a sad fact as it is the place of the Jerusalem temple and Jesus had visited this place many times in his Life.
Respect for the history of this location should lead to respect for others. Why is this not the case, or are some people just too loud in their so-called faith? Is it truly faith if it does not engender respect for others? We are all children of men and women here.
Stunning place to visit... a pity it’s not allowed to enter the mosques for non muslims; it’s only allowed to walk the esplanade. If you are not Muslim you have to enter through the gate over the Western Wall. Be ready for a kind of interview about your nationality, your belief, and for a check of your belongings on the scan... keep the passport with you. You have to dress modestly; if not, they offer you skirt and scarfs. And don’t forget to go soon, to avoid the long queues. Even if you cannot get inside the mosque, the experience of walking in this place is unforgettable and very spiritual. I highly recommend it!
Actually, June 2018, the only entrance is from the western wall controlled by Israel security guard. Same as Airport, have X Ray checked bag and water bottle or any soft drink are not allowed to bring We was not allowed to visit inside the dome by Muslim guard at the Dome entrance but them can visit any church without difficulty.. thank you guys..
⚠️ ONLY Muslims allowed inside! Which is a shame seen it’s historical relevance to both the Jews and Christians. The history of this place is felt, yet at the same time the tension that still exists between the religions (and thus people). Be sure to arrive early so you don’t need to wait a lot before you’re allowed inside. There is only one entrance for non-Muslims inside the complex through the Mughrabi Gate. As mentioned check the visiting time slots (7:30-10:30, 12:30-13:30), and be sure to wear long pants, and a shirt with sleeves. Also read beforehand about the importance of the ‘foundation stone’ which is housed inside the Dome of the Rock.