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The Dome of the Rock Virtual Walking Tour

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Raised on a site sacred to three great faiths, the Dome of the Rock is an elaborate, architecturally significant domed shrine built over a large rock believed to be the site from which Muhammad ascended to heaven during the Night Journey, ca. 621 CE. The Dome of the Rock was completed in 691 CE under the patronage of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik (ruled 685–705 CE). It is part of a complex of buildings called al-Haram al-Sharif, on a platform in the western corner of Jerusalem. The site is also significant to Jews and Christians. It is associated with the first and second Jewish temples. Prior to the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in 637 C.E., al-Haram al-Sharif had been known as the Temple Mount.

Saudi Aramco World Magazine published the virtual tour, with photography and videos by Michael Gross and Barry Gross. The tour narration was written and read by Oleg Grabar (1929–2011), widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on al-Haram al-Sharif complex.


“A Virtual Walking Tour: The Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” Saudi Aramco World Magazine. Available at

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"Muslim Journeys | Item #124: The Dome of the Rock Virtual Walking Tour", April 17, 2024


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